Mission Nombre de Dios
The Mission of Nombre de Dios is one of those places where, no matter the weather, you’re sure to enjoy a time of peace and relaxation simply by walking the grounds. (Though don’t get caught in a thunderstorm like I did last year . . . not nice). Even the simple act of waiting for someone to come out of the gift shop is made pleasant by this view of a European-style fountain, a rustic path, and the Lagoon with its pretty arched bridge. The new religious museum can be seen at right. I can easily imagine that I’m sitting somewhere in the Old World and just soaking in the scene. Then again, St. Augustine has an abundance of such moments.
Old City Gate
If you’re a history lover, one of the best things about visiting St. Augustine is that you can discover centuries of history wherever you go. Homes, churches, and landmarks that have stood the test of time can be found around every corner, and the Old City Gate is no exception. Dating from 1808, this impressive coquina complex is located in the old historic district, sprawled across from Castillo de San Marcos and guarding the entrance to St. George Street. Sadly, though the masonry is in decent shape, people have been throwing garbage inside the wooden door slats where sentries once stood.
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