“Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche”
The Mission of Nombre de Dios traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, in 1565. On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menendez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition. It was on these grounds that Fr. Lopez would celebrate the first parish Mass and begin the work at America’s first Mission. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present.
Definitely worth the visit... for the mission and the grounds. I do blame the city of commerce for the confusion in how to find it. There is a recreation of a mission at the pay-to-enter Fountain of Youth, but this is not the same building. This is a FREE historical site to go see at the Catholic center. Parking is free also. Park at the Catholic gift shop, and then go through the gift shop to the back. The entrance into the grounds is there.
Beautiful serene garden that feels a million miles away from downtown St. Augustine.
Mission Nombre de Dios's grounds include archaeological excavations and a historic cemetery
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