Thursday, September 24, 2015

September 25, 2015

Mission Nombre de Dios

I dare you to tell me this doesn’t look inviting. Nombre de Dios has beautiful grounds, and this Byzantine shrine at right, tucked away among the palms, inspires peace in people of all walks of life. I’m neither Catholic nor Orthodox and yet cannot help but find these places inspiring and beautiful. The trees create a shadowy, alluring setting; if you happen to visit when you more or less have the place to yourself, or when a rainstorm is brewing, the aura of solitude is even more evident.

St. George Street

I love visiting the De Mesa-Sanchez House, part of the Colonial Quarter. This house’s original section dates from the 1700s, while later additions came about through the 18th and 19th centuries. Here we see a dining area, complete with a game of chess seemingly in progress. The room in the back, seen through the doorway, shows the house in its various stages of construction. There’s also a flat model of the town of St. Augustine. 

(c) 2015 St. Augustine Fridays

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