One of our favorite places to visit is St. Augustine, Florida. We make a trip there every couple of months. Each time we try to find something we haven’t seen before. This time we decided to visit Nombre de Dios Mission.
On 8 September 1565, Pedro Menedez de Aviles landed and claimed the land for Spain. The first act was for Father Franciso Lopez de Mendoza Grajales to hold mass. This site would later become the beginnings of the oldest Catholic parish in the U.S. and the first Mission.
The Big Guy is walking towards the most notable feature of the Mission grounds. The Great Cross. The Great Cross was erected in 1966 in honor of the 400th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.