Thursday, December 22, 2016

December 23, 2016

Mission Nombre de Dios

The mission grounds are so quiet and undisturbed . . . unless you happen to visit when the bells are ringing. I’ve experienced that quite a few times, and have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand it has a special ambiance all its own and I can appreciate it, but on the other hand, it’s quite the racket. Here, I stood inside the wooden bell-tower and took a close-up of the apparatus. Luckily for me, it was quiet at the moment.

Colonial Quarter

The interesting thing about this photo isn’t where it’s taken, but what you can see. The 17TH century-style Spanish watchtower provides not only a historical experience but also great views of the surrounding historic homes along St. George Street. On this photo from left to right: Part of the Antonio de Mesa-Juan Sanchez house ( an original Spanish and American home built between the 18TH and 19TH centuries); St. Photios Greek Orthodox shrine AKA the Avero house (constructed in 1748); the Rodriguez-Avero-Sanchez and Raimundo Arrivas homes (both dating from the 18TH and 19TH centuries); the de Hita-Gonzales complex (now home to Colonial Quarter’s Taberna del Gallo, a reconstructed home), and the Whetstone’s Chocolates shop (a reconstruction of the 18TH century Josef Salcedo house).

(c) 2015-2016 St. Augustine Fridays

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