America’s Oldest Christian Congregation, Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
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.
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.
Violet Sky’s Visit
Walking down the streets of St. Augustine I discovered this beautiful cathedral. It was a gorgeous building just waiting to be photographed. If you go at the right times you may be able to hear the bells ringing which is a fun experience.
How to Visit
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is open for tours and services. Contact them for more information about hours and admission.
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