Open Hours: Call to arrange a guided tour; self-guided tours available sunrise-sunset daily.
Turn back the clock and soak up some fascinating history at Americas first mission, founded in 1565 in St. Augustine. It was ... More
Mission of Nombre de Dios
Turn back the clock and soak up some fascinating history at Americas first mission, founded in 1565 in St. Augustine. It was at this site that Menendez knelt to kiss the wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, the chaplain of his expedition, and here that Lopez celebrated the first parish mass and began his missionary work. A bronze memorial to Father Lopez stands on the lagoon's eastern bank, along with the Great Cross, erected as a memorial of the Mission's 400th anniversary. Admission is free.
The grounds are beautiful especially first thing in the morning, plus it is free which makes it even better, well you can leave a donation which is the right thing to do because it is so beautiful and historically important.
Site of the first Christian Mass in the United States!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 11/8/07
Very spiritual - Lovely walk along the water. Giant Cross resurected in the 1960's. There is a tiny,old missionary church on the property (great prayer/meditation spot). It is believed to be the landing sight of Juan Ponce De Leon in 1513.
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