The Great Cross

The Great Cross (HM2IJ)

Location: St Augustine, FL 32084 St Johns County
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 54.253', W 81° 18.814'

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This Great Cross marks the approximate site where in 1565 the Cross of Christianity was first permanently planted in what is now the United States.

It is a beacon of the faith to remind all those who pass this way, by land or by sea, of the religious beginning of our Nation.

The Cross was erected by the Diocese of St. Augustine as the climax of the mission's 400th anniversary observances 1965-1966

Father Lopez, first pastor described the landing and settlement here on September 8, 1565: "As I had come ashore the evening before I took a cross and went to meet (Captain General Menedez) singing the hymn 'Te Deum Laudamus'. The general, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of indians watched these proceedings and imitated all they saw done."
HM NumberHM2IJ
Placed ByThe Diocese Of St. Augustine
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Date Added Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 1:09pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 469728 N 3308213
Decimal Degrees29.90421667, -81.31356667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 54.253', W 81° 18.814'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 54' 15.18" N, 81° 18' 48.84" W
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Area Code(s)904
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 84 Water St, St Augustine FL 32084, US
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