Aviles Street is one of those cool “small-town” experiences, a haven for tourists with its restaurants, art galleries, old homes, and historic attractions.The house at left is the Seth Wakeman House, originally from the mid-1800s but renovated more recently; a colonial Spanish church once occupied its space. This is not a pedestrian-only street, so if you stop by, watch for traffic. You might want to check out the Spanish Military Hospital which I haven’t get been brave enough to visit, but be warned: colonial medical instruments were nothing to laugh about.
Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine
For some reason, this side door at the St. Augustine Cathedral reminds me of something you would find in Cuba or any large Spanish-founded city in Mexico or South America. Note the papal coat of arms above the doorway. The reason we came to the side of the building was to see if we could get a tour, which you sometimes can, but it has to be at the right time and under the right circumstances. I’m not Catholic, so it would have been awkward to stumble inside in the middle of a religious service, and I doubt the parishioners would have appreciated it either.
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