Historic Churches in the Ancient City
As St. Augustine was settled, churches were constructed to satisfy the spiritual needs of the people. The Spanish named the city San Augustin because they landed on the feast day of St. Augustine, and established the first Catholic community in the new world. During the English era, the Episcopal community was established with more Protestant churches being erected around the turn-of-the-century. These churches feature beautiful stained glass windows, lovely architecture, and some allow tours of their historic buildings. All are still in use today as places of worship.
Ancient City Baptist Church
27 Sevilla Street
(904) 829-3476
Built with a donation from Henry Flagler, the Ancient City Baptist Church is a yellow brick structure with an active Southern Baptist Congregation. The lovely stained glass windows and the bell-less bell tower are attractive features of this edifice.
Cathedral Basilica St. Augustine
38 Cathedral Place
(904) 824-2806
Home to the first Catholic congregation in North America, the Cathedral Basilica is a church with a long history. The original wooden structure was destroyed by fire, and the current structure was built with funds that included a contribution from Henry Flagler, the railroad tycoon.
Grace United Methodist Church
8 Carrera Street
(904) 829-8272
Built around the turn of the century, the Grace United Methodist Church features lovely terracotta moldings and a terracotta spire. The interior is finished in a light golden wood making it one of the loveliest churches in St. Augustine.
Memorial Presbyterian Church
32 Sevilla Street
(904) 829-6451
Memorial Presbyterian was built by Henry Flagler as a memorial to his daughter, Jennie Louise Benedict. The pews are hand-carved Santo Domingo mahogany and the floors are Sienna marble tile. The stained glass windows depict the Apostles Creed.
Trinity Episcopal Church
215 St. George Street
(904) 824-2876
Trinity Episcopal Church is the first Episcopal Church in Florida. The church's architecture is enhanced by hand-carved pews and Tiffany stained-glass windows.
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