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Memorial Presbyterian Church, St. Augustine

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Explore and admire one of Florida's oldest and grandest sites of worship, Memorial Presbyterian Church. The imposing building was inspired by St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and features a number of expensive materials and intricate decoration. Henry Morrison Flagler, a famous American industrialist, commissioned the church in 1889 as a memorial to his daughter and infant granddaughter, who both died due to complications during childbirth. Approach one of the church docents to learn not only about the building, but also Flagler's fascinating life. The church's mausoleum serves as the final resting place for Flagler, his first wife, their daughter, and her baby. Make Memorial Presbyterian Church part of your personalized St. Augustine itinerary using our St. Augustine vacation generator.
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  • The architecture is breathtaking. As a photographer you will find many things to take photos of. The docent is very helpful. It is an amazing place to sit down and take in the beauty of this church. D...  more »
  • I didn't expect much from this church but it is surprisingly attractive inside. Based on one of the parts of the Duomo in Venice it is unlike any other church I've been in in the USA that was not Gree...  more »
  • Much history is explained during this visit. How this building with all its beauty, exquisite detailing and windows could be built in the allotted time. A great place to spend 30 minutes.  more »
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  • A historic church that is absolutely beautiful, this place needs to be on your must see list. One of the top ten most beautiful churches in the world, with really knowledgeable tour guides. 5000 pipe organ, and amazing stained glass windows are just the beginning. Don't skip visiting here!
  • Every time my husband and I walked past this church when visiting St. Augustine, we thought it was a Catholic Cathedral. The copper dome and spires are architecturally beautiful, and so we decided to explore one day and realized it was a Presbyterian church with a massively impressive pipe organ that seemed to overtake the room. Much to our surprise, the docent on duty informed us that Henry Flagler's mausoleum was located on the premises. Wandering over to the direction in which she pointed, we came to a gated entrance to a white room under a stained glass dome with four crypts: Henry's, two wives (one shared with a passed child), and an empty one. There was something inspiring, and yet disturbing, to be viewing where Henry Flagler was laid to rest. If you are a history or architecture buff, I recommend stopping in.
  • Unique architecture and design. Make time to stop in to visit the place.
  • This is one of the most beautiful churches around.... Love going!
  • Beautiful and most elaborate church to tour in St. Augustine. The organist even played for us. Tours end at 3:30.