If you foster an appreciation for history or architecture, or both, the city of St. Augustine will be a slice of heaven on Earth for you! Our beloved destination boasts a history that stretches back to the 16th-century and a rich Spanish influence that sprouts from the area’s first settlers.
One St. Augustine icon that perfectly marries together the city’s history and Spanish roots is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine. Not only is it the oldest Catholic church in the city, but it’s also the seat of the Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.
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History of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
Although the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine served as America’s first parish, the church itself has endured a rough history to reach where it is today.
On December 8th, 1565, the city of St. Augustine was founded by Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, and along with him came the Catholic religion and Parish church.
However, the Catholic religion in Florida was brought to the edge of extinction as English settlers arrived, Spaniards departed for Caribbean ports, and fires burned the city to the ground on several occasions.
After the British ceded St. Augustine back to the Spanish in 1784, Spanish Catholicism once again rose from the ashes before meeting with disaster once more when another fire destroyed the cathedral.
When the city neared its 400th anniversary, Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley commissioned for the reconstruction of the church. The renovated Cathedral was dedicated on March 9, 1966 and became the 27th American church to be honored by the Holy See.
Today, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine continues to honor its 450-year history by serving as the beacon for Catholic faith in the community.
Tours of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
Guided Tours of the cathedral are offered throughout the day and include a behind-the-scenes look into the everyday functions of the church. The best part? They’re always free to the public!
A knowledgeable guide will also lead the way and answer any questions you may have about the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine architectural styles, history, and more. During your visit, you’ll be invited to admire the exquisite murals that depict scenes from the church’s history, light a candle for your loved one, or stop by the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine gift shop to pick up souvenirs or unique religious items.
If you’d like to participate in mass, services are held Monday-Saturday starting at 7 a.m.
Experience the Rich History of St. Augustine During Your Stay With Us
Whether you’re touring the St. Augustine Catholic churches or lounging on the pristine Atlantic beaches, there are many exciting ways to spend a getaway to America’s oldest city. That’s why you’ll need a unique and comfortable place to unwind and relax after a full day of St. Augustine adventures.
The Victorian House is known as one of the most romantic bed and breakfasts in St. Augustine and provides an elegant and tranquil setting right in the heart of the historic district.
In addition to a fantastic location, guests will enjoy accommodations in one of our nine lovely guestrooms, thoughtful amenities, and a delicious breakfast served each morning. It’s everything you’ll need for a memorable vacation to The Ancient City!
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