Historic Markers Across Florida

Mission Nombre De Dios

Marker ID: FLHM F-111
Location: San Marcos Avenue on grounds of Prince of Peace Ch
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 29° 54.257    W 081° 19.041
  29.90428333    -81.31735
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


On this site, September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles landed with a band of settlers to found St. Augustine, first permanent Christian settlement in the United States. Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, Spanish diocesan priest, offered here the first Mass in the Nation´s first parish. The Spanish pioneers named this landing site Nombre de Dios-Name of God-and founded here the first mission in the United States.

Sponsors: In Cooperation With St. Johns County Historical Commission


City: St. Augustine, FL