St. Photios Shrine, Saint Augustine, Florida
41 St. George St, Saint Augustine, Florida 32085| Map |
Known as “The Jewel of St. George St.,'' St. Augustine’s St. Photios Shrine is an interesting mix of world cultures. A Greek Orthodox shrine, housed in a Spanish-Colonial home in the United States, the St. Photios Shrine may seem a bit out of place. Founded by a community of former Greek indentured servants in 1768, the shrine initially served as a place for these refugees to gather and worship. In 1982, restorations brought this historical relic back to life, earning it the honor of being the only Greek National Shrine in the country. To celebrate the momentous occasion, the St. Photios Shrine was gifted with a unique gold reliquary containing bone fragments of 18 saints, including three Apostles and St. Nicholas of Myra (of Santa Claus fame). Visitors to the shrine can also enjoy the adjoining museum, which tells the captivating history of the New World’s very first Greek colony through a mix of artifacts and photographs. Families will appreciate the lovely examples of Byzantine art, notable frescoes, quiet outdoor garden and the small gift shop full of unique souvenirs as well.
Ratings by kids' ages
- Tots (0-2)
- Little kids (3-5)
- Big kids (6-8)
- Tweens (9-12)
- Teens (13+)
Tips for Families
Visitors should be sure to check out the Byzantine art, much of which features stunning 22K gold leaf.
Address: 41 St. George St, Saint Augustine, Florida 32085| Map
Phone: (904) 829-8205
Hours: Mon-Sat 9 am - 5 pm, Sun 12 pm - 6 pm More Info
Price: Free More Info