Historic Markers Across Florida

Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine-Second Spanish Period, Built 1793-1797

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Location: 38 Cathedral Pl, St Augustine, FL
County: St. Johns
Coordinates: N 29° 53.566    W 081° 18.753
  29.89276666    -81.31255
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMTTVA


Cathedral Basillica of St. Augustine
Second Spanish Period, Built 1793-1797

The Cathedral Basilica is a significant structure representing the oldest Roman Catholic parish in the United States, architectural designs by Mariano de la Rocque (1797) and James Renwick (following an 1887 fire), and the successes of historic preservation (1965 and 2014-2015). The placement of the church facing the Plaza de la Constitucion follows the tradition of siting religious, government, and commercial functions around the central plaza as dictated by the 1573 Laws of the Indies for Spanish Colonial town planning. Parts of the structural elements remain in original coquina stone with later additions in poured concrete.

Designated as a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior.