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The Great Cross


The Great Cross , St Augustine FL

The Great Cross, also known as the Mission Cross and the Beacon of Faith Cross, is located on the grounds of the Nombre de Dios Mission in St. Augustine, Florida, USA. It was placed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the City of St. Augustine. The Great Cross of Nombre de Dios -This massive structure, made of stainless steel and rising two hundred and eight feet above the marshes of the Matanzas River, stands as a sentinel over the Mission and a “Beacon of Faith” for all who pass this way. It was erected at the direction of Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley, then Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine.

Great Cross was built to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the beginning of Christianity in this land and the founding of the City of St. Augustine. The base of the Cross is covered with granite slabs. Several of the slabs have names inscribed as memorials from family or other loved ones. To prevent substantial damage to the Great Cross, the bottom half is filled with concrete. Lights mounted from the ground provide illumination of the Cross at night.

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29.89469167, -81.31451667

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Taylor, George Lansing, Jr.; Lance Taylor; Photographers -- Florida -- Jacksonville; Photograph collections -- Florida -- Jacksonville; The Great Cross of Nombre de Dios; Diocese of St. Augustine; Archbishop Joseph P. Hurley; 400th Anniversary; Christainity; Beacon of Faith; St Johns County (Fl.); Historical memorials --- Florida --- St Augustine.; Images


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