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Tampa in Hillsborough County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Sacred Heart Church

Established 1860

 

—Oldest Catholic Church on Florida's West Coast —

 
Sacred Heart Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, September 29, 2010
1. Sacred Heart Church Marker
Inscription. In 1859 a small wood framed church was erected on this spot. The following year it was blessed and named St. Louis Church to honor Fr. Luis de Cancer, a Dominican missionary who was martyred on the shores of Tampa Bay in 1549. When the yellow fever epidemic of 1887-88 took the lives of three resident priests, Bishop Moore of St. Augustine asked the New Orleans Jesuits to care for the parish. During their time here, they established Jesuit High School (1899), ministered to much of south Florida and built the present landmark church. Ground was broken in 1898 and this magnificent Romanesque structure, to be named Sacred Hart, was dedicated seven years later on January 15, 1905. The Jesuits would go on to serve the parish for 115 years until 2005, when pastoral care of this historic gem was given to the Franciscans.
 
Erected 2010 by Diocese of St. Petersburg.
 
Location. 27° 56.961′ N, 82° 27.443′ W. Marker is in Tampa, Florida, in Hillsborough County. Marker is at the intersection of North Florida Avenue (U.S. 41) and East Twiggs Street when traveling east on North Florida Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is affixed to the facade of Sacred Heart Church in downtown Tampa. Marker is at or near this postal address: 509 North Florida Avenue, Tampa FL 33602, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Sacred Heart Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, September 29, 2010
2. Sacred Heart Church Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); First Lt. Baldomero Lopez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Andrew's Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); Courthouse Square (about 400 feet away); Teco Energy's Tampa Electric Company (about 600 feet away); Tampa's First Paved Sidewalk (about 600 feet away); Tampa Theatre (about 600 feet away); Hillsborough Lodge (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Tampa.
 
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Sacred Heart Church image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, January 13, 2010
3. Sacred Heart Church
Sacred Heart Church (Interior) image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, January 13, 2010
4. Sacred Heart Church (Interior)
Sacred Heart Church (side view) image. Click for full size.
By Fr. Len Plazewski, January 13, 2010
5. Sacred Heart Church (side view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 28, 2010. This page has been viewed 787 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 28, 2010, by Fr. Len Plazewski of Tampa, Florida.   3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2010, by Fr. Len Plazewski of Tampa, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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