This is the oldest Catholic Church in the city and the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine. The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is a Spanish Colonial Renaissance cathedral located on the corner of Cathedral Street and St. George Street and is considered home to North America’s first Catholic parish. When the British gave the city back to the Spanish, Catholicism returned and the crown ordered a new church to be built. The first cornerstone was laid in 1793 and opened its doors in December 1797.
Although the parish has been renovated many times due to fire damage, the Spanish mission character has remained. Inside, you will find detailed stained glass windows, intricately painted wooden beams, striking murals adorning cathedral walls, and a grand display of 56 organ pipes. The murals depict scenes from the history of the Catholic Church in the development of the New World. The windows show scenes from the life of Saint Augustine of Hippo, for whom the city was named.
Guided tours are offered throughout the day, and visitors are welcome to light candles for loved ones at any time. Mass is celebrated at 7:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday.
The Cathedral gift shop offers an array of religious items: rosaries, prayer books, bibles, medals, saint prayer cards, CDs, scapulars, and crucifixes. Tours of the Cathedral are offered daily. Please call (904) 829-0620 to reserve a spot for you or your group.
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ALBUQUERQUE LITTLE THEATRE
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. In 1738, the Spanish governor of Florida chartered the settlement of Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose, or Fort Mose for short, as a settlement for those fleeing slavery from the English colonies in the Carolinas. Over the next 25 years, Fort Mose and Spanish Saint Augustine became a sanctuary for Africans seeking liberation from the tyranny of English slavery.
For half a century, visitors to St. Augustine have made the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Visitor Information Center their first stop upon arriving in the Nation’s Oldest City. Commonly known as the “VIC,” the center offers information on special and cultural events, brochures and guidebooks for the area's attractions, clean restrooms, a gift shop. The VIC is staffed with friendly fully licensed tour guide hosts who gladly share information on attractions, museums, tours, accommodations, restaurants and unique shopping opportunities. The VIC is where a St. Augustine vacation begins, whether you plan to stay a day, a weekend or longer.