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“Discover the New World”

Mission of Nombre de Dios
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Ranked #13 of 196 things to do in St. Augustine
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Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

When all is said and done, this world has been created by men of action. And the discovery of the New World is an example of that. When you visit the Mission and specifically the cross, imagine yourself a member of the party that sailed into the Florida wilderness in 1565. They sailed more than 30 days to get here. There is nothing behind you but pines, palmettos, snakes and gators. And Timucuans. Let's not forget the more than six foot tall native inhabitants.

This is the spot they landed. This is where the journey began for Spaniards in North America. Before Plymouth Rock. Before Jamestown.

Look out at the ideal bay, sheltered from the ravages of the Atlantic. They experienced hurricanes, they knew the value of a good safe port.

And as you view the graves of the faithful, consider that they lived here in 95 degree heat without air conditioning, fully clothed due to social customs of the day.

Your visit back in time to the real St Augustine doesn't cost anything as the church is glad you are visiting.

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

The grounds and mission are very tranquil, and the history is interesting, this being the place landed by the Spanish which led to the establishment of St. Augustine. There is also a small museum with very friendly and informative staff.

Thank nw2travel
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

Visiting Mission of Nombre de Dios was an amazing experience. The reverence and peace found on these grounds is hard to explain. St. Augustine is a very busy town, but once you are on these grounds the sounds seem to fade away (except for the occasional cannon blast from the nearby Fountain of Youth Park) I loved looking at all the statues, the old headstones which are like works of art in their own right and the quaint little stone chapel is so pretty! The old altar that marks the spot of the first Catholic Mass in the United States is really cool to look at. It makes you wonder what it must have been like to be there. The visitor center was closed the day we were there, as was the larger church, but we loved walking the grounds. If we ever get to go back I would definitely take a picnic lunch and take advantage of the picnic area on the grounds. Don't miss this if you are Catholic, are interested in Catholic Church history, like art or old graveyards. You'll find something here to inspire you. Oh, and it's really shady so it feels like it's 20 degrees cooler which is great when it's 110 degrees!!

Thank Kari F
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Discovered this by accident, while looking for new things to see while in St. Augustine this last time. What a lovely garden setting, with a pathway leading back to a 280 ft. High cross and statue of the priest, ( Father Lopez), that led the first Mass upon the discovery of land, claimed for the King of Spain by Pedro Melendez. They established the first Christian settlement in the United States

There are very old tomb stones still present on the grounds, along with several spiritual ( sorrow of Mary ) stops, if desired. Of special interest is the Rustic Alter ...site of where the first mass was conducted, in September 1565. Ongoing archeology digs continued, sponsored by the University of Florida. You can see pieces of the historic items located in the. Darby Nombre De Dios Museum. Located there are also the encased coffin of Pedro Menendez, who died on a return trip to Spain of typhus, and was originally buried there. Years later, it was decided by his descendants to unearth the coffin and have it rest permanently in this museum, in the United States.
This is a peaceful , comforting place, along the water's edge, and is enjoyable to just walk through. One does not need to be Catholic to appreciate this a it is all OUR history .
The museum is free, but a donation is requested. Bathrooms are located inside as well.
We will visit again.

Thank Brewer4
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Reviewed 16 July 2014 via mobile

Take your time strolling through and enjoying this free attraction. It is a great outside place with a lot of history. Spend time strolling through this very peaceful place. It's worth the stop and a great way to spend an hour

Thank Sandra H
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