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“Don't walk by, a beautiful Shrine and exhibit”

St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
Ranked #21 of 188 things to do in St. Augustine
Certificate of Excellence
Zephyrhills, Florida, United States
Level 5 Contributor
82 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Don't walk by, a beautiful Shrine and exhibit”
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 There are artifacts, photographs and historical documents on exhibit.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
Level 5 Contributor
44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“A remarkable surprise”
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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St. Augustine, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
75 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful Shrine”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

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

Visited May 2012
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Beach
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202 reviews
48 attraction reviews
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“Beautiful painting and history At St Photios”
Reviewed June 3, 2012 via mobile

Such a beautiful little shrine with history and kind customer service. Little shop with beautiful Holy Family paintings. No fee to walk in. There's a small (with lots of different items) shop and an entrance to (I call it) the Holy Room. We walk in to say our thank you prayers and check out the shop after usually

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Palm Coast, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
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“A beautiful gem hidden in downtown St Augustine”
Reviewed April 24, 2012

No matter what your religious beliefs (or lack thereof), anyone can appreciate beautiful art. This shrine is covered in amazingly beautiful Greek Orthodox art. It's worth the stop (and it's free).

Visited May 2011
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