Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is the oldest Christian congregation in the entire United States with its first meeting in 1565. It is also the oldest Catholic Church in the city of St. Augustine. The beautiful architecture seen around the basilica is reminiscent of historic Spanish style. The Bishop of the St. Augustine Diocese is based out this grand structure.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida

Built over a duration of five years due to its extensive architecture, the basilica was opened in 1797. The building was utlizied for Catholic services and well known throughout the region due to its beautiful design.

In 1887, the Cathedral burnt in a major fire. Due to the type of stone used in its construction the major framework of the building was left standing. Despite Henry Flagler’s participation in the nearby Presbyterian Church, he was still fond of the architecture of this building. Flagler organized and donated funds to be arranged in the reconstruction of the historic church.

It was during this time that some additions and décor were added to the church. Four bells are placed in the bell tower that were salvaged from local churches and ring in the city square on the daily.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, Florida

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is open for tours and services. For more information please visit https://www.visitstaugustine.com/thing-to-do/cathedral-basilica-st-augustine.

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

Violet Sky has had a life long passion for adventure! Growing up in Michigan and spending time traveling to over 31 states on family vacations by her eighteenth birthday gave her an appreciation for the open road. After finding the most beautiful beach she has dedicated her home port to Panama City Beach, Florida.

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