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41 St. George Street, St. Augustine, Florida
  • The last time I visited St. Augustine, I found a wonderful gem among the hustle and bustle of touristy St. George Street
  • The candles here and there created a nice, peaceful ambiance, and there was a spiritual atmosphere in the chapel that I greatly enjoyed
  • A large statue of St. Photios, the patron of the shrine, sat in a glass case against the wall, providing some very interesting photo opportunities
  • This is definitely one of my best St. George Street memories and I will return in the near future

    • by Lacie
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      The last time I visited St. Augustine, I found a wonderful gem among the hustle and bustle of touristy St. George Street. Located at 41 St. George, the St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine was not only strikingly beautiful but also spoke to me spiritually and emotionally on many levels. The building, constructed in an elegant but simple Spanish style in 1749, is located within Colonial Spanish Quarter but isn’t part of the tour; it has

      a feeling all its own.

      When the side door was open, we stepped through the entrance to St. Photios (built as the Avero House) and encountered a lovely Spanish courtyard; it was like being transported to Spain in an instant. (Many homes along St. George Street have these nice hidden courtyards). The inside of St. Photios is beautifully painted with a variety of wall murals depicting the Greek settlers who came to St. Augustine in the ...


      • 1700s and also showing religious scenes. There are many hidden surprises like the raised letters on the wall that spell out the Nicene Creed, one of the major Christian declarations of faith.

        The chapel area, amazingly painted in golds and blues, was simply breathtaking with portrayals of Jesus and other religious figures. There was even gold leaf highlighting the ceiling decorations. The candles here and there created a nice, peaceful ambiance, and there was a

        spiritual atmosphere in the chapel that I greatly enjoyed.

        A large statue of St. Photios, the patron of the shrine, sat in a glass case against the wall, providing some very interesting photo opportunities. The small gift shop was also nice; there were Mediterranean items, many crosses, and other religious gifts. Best of all, admission is free. This is definitely one of my best St. George Street memories and I will return in the near future.




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