St. Augustine in Saint Johns County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Great Cross
It is a beacon of the faith to remind all those who pass this way, by land or by sea, of the religious beginning of our Nation.
The Cross was erected by the Diocese of St. Augustine as the climax of the mission's 400th anniversary observances 1965-1966
Father Lopez, first pastor described the landing and settlement here on September 8, 1565: "As I had come ashore the evening before I took a cross and went to meet (Captain General Menendez) singing the hymn Te Deum Laudamus. The general, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of indians watched these proceedings and imitated all they saw done."
Erected by The Diocese Of St. Augustine.
Location. 29° 54.253′ N, 81° 18.814′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Ocean Ave. Click for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Saint Augustine (within shouting distance of this marker); Mission Nombre de Dios (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Mission Nombre de Dios (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Spanish Muster Site in Florida (approx. 0.3 miles away); Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (approx. 0.3 miles away); Robert L. Ripley (approx. 0.3 miles away); Warden Winter Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); 33 Bernard Street (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in St. Augustine.
Regarding The Great Cross. Designed by Ugene Kennedy, Jr. (sculptor), the stainless steel cross stands 208' tall above the marshes of the Matanzas River.
1. Fleet Chaplain
Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza
Following Mass, Pedro Menendez hosted a feast for his companions and their new native friends. Thus began the first permanent Christian settlement in what is now the United States of America.
— Submitted January 9, 2008, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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