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Mission Nombre de Dios St Augustine FL
Our second stop on the Washington DC road trip was Mission of Nombre de Dios in St. Augustine. It’s about 2 and a half hours away from home.
If we would have left when I planned, we would have arrived right after opening time. But we didn’t, nope… we left home at 3am and arrived here at 6am. Folks, we arrived 3 HOURS before they opened!
Obviously, we weren’t able to get in that early. We did walk around a little bit to kill a little time. But we didn’t really stay long.
It was the second stop scheduled on our Roadtrippers itinerary, but I messed up our schedule by leaving for the trip so early. So the park wasn’t open yet and we didn’t want to wait around a few hours until it opened.
Unfortunately, on our first visit, we didn’t get further than the entrance. We decided that, since it was so close to home, we would do a day trip one day and come back when it was open.
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About Mission Nombre de Dios St Augustine FL
There are several significant stops at the Mission of Nombre de Dios. The grounds contain several statues surrounded by trees and lush greenery. The Great Cross, which was erected in 1965, commemorates the first parish Catholic Mass. It was erected on the 400th anniversary.
The chapel is a shrine dedicated to Our Lady of La Leche and houses an exquisitely detailed carved statue of Mary nursing the baby Jesus.
Established in 1615, many people have traveled here to pray for mothers and mothers-to-be.
On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed on this site and proclaimed it for Spain. Prior to raising the King’s flag, Menendez revered a cross dedicating the site to God.
Mission Nombre de Dios was established to bring the Christian faith to the Native people of this land. This is also the site of the first shrine to Mary, Mother of Jesus, in what is now the U.S.
The site is marked by a 208-foot stainless steel cross, an 11-foot bronze statue of the chaplain of Menendez’ fleet, Fr. Francisco Lopez de Mendoza, and other significant memorials.
Located at 27 Ocean Avenue in St. Augustine, they accept donations as an entrance fee for self guided tours. They are open 9am – 5pm Monday through Friday and 10am – 5pm on weekends. Large groups can schedule guided tours.
Second Visit to Mission Nombre de Dios St Augustine FL
Since we weren’t able to get in the first time we stopped here, we decided to try again in November of the same year when we made a day trip to St. Augustine.
This time, they were open! We walked around the gardens admiring the shrines and statues and just taking in the different memorials on the grounds.
We walked out to the statue of Menendez and the huge cross. It was such a beautiful and serene place to visit.
My son and I discussed some of the memorials and what they meant; why they were important.
It was a great stop for bonding together. I appreciated that. We were the only two people there, so it wasn’t crowded at all and we got to see everything and take it all in.
This is another must see if you happen to be in the St. Augustine area… especially if you are a Christian. It’s a great place to be grounded and to really be in touch with your spiritual side. It was very humbling as well.
I’d highly recommend this stop. Have you been there? I’d love to hear what you thought of it. Please drop a few lines in the comments box below and let me know how your visit went.
In the meantime, safe travels!
Written by Kris M.
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