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“A hidden gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
41 St. George St, Saint Augustine, FL 32085-1960
(904) 829-8205
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Type: Specialty Museums, Religious Sites
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space coast, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

A beautiful, quiet oasis on the often crowded St. George Street. Duck inside the low wooden door and enter another world. A serene courtyard welcomes you into another time and place. Continue inside for a brief, informative film and then enjoy the museum and shrine at your leisure. The interior is hushed and reverent, but you can walk right up to the beautiful icons and admire them fully. It is a special joy to visit at Christmas, when a tree full of unique Greek ornaments brightens the museum.

Visited May 2012
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Skowhegan, Maine
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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Magnificent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

We have supported this shrine through churc, but never had an occasion to visit before this. While located on a very touristy walking-only street populated by retail shops, a few bars, and a couple of foodie places. Enter through a quiet courtyard off thenoisy street, and are transported to the complete history of New Smyrna and the first Greek-Americans. Then one walks into the basilica formatted shrine to a religious calm! very Byzantine/Asia Minor style icons on the walls and ceilings. Worth the trip to St. A alone ...

Visited September 2012
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Zephyrhills, Florida, United States
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80 reviews 80 reviews
35 attraction reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Don't walk by, a beautiful Shrine and exhibit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

In a town where it gets very expensive to see historical attractions sits a very unassuming Shrine at 41 St. George Street. If you blink, you'll probably walk right by without even noticing it. Inside, you'll find a Shrine dedicated to the first colony of Greeks to come to America in 1768. There are artifacts, photographs and historical documents on exhibit. The Shrine is located inside the Casa Avero House which is listed on the National register of Historic Places. This is a free attraction which is great for a family on a budget.

Visited September 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“A remarkable surprise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

Nothing in our reading prepared us to expect a Greek Orthodox shrine in St. Augustine, but as we walked down St George St., there it was - the whitest building on the block, and inside, golden icons, a slice of history of Greek and Italian settlers, and a nice shop with artifacts and foods, coffees, etc.

For the history, google "the minorcans in Florida" - here's the site -

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~pudig/Minorcans.html

Some of the icons on sale are handmade in Greece. And the vine leaves stuffed with rice we bought there are excellent.

The New World is full of sad tales of duped colonists and mistreated indentured servants. What's wonderful is how the "Minorcans" -- survivors of this greedy experiment -- have flourished in Florida, and now have a small community that can remember its history with dignity.

Visited July 2012
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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59 reviews 59 reviews
42 attraction reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Beautiful Shrine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2012

It was very beautiful and interesting. Small but well woth it!

Visited May 2012
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