Father Francisco Lopez - St. Augustine, Florida
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BluegrassCache
N 29° 54.252 W 081° 18.886
17R E 469611 N 3308211
Quick Description: Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales was the first parish priest of St. Augustine, America's oldest city, and thus the first parish priest of the country after landing at this site in 1565.
Location: Florida, United States
Date Posted: 2/18/2009 9:31:09 AM
Waymark Code: WM5W1G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MNSearchers
Views: 7

Long Description:
Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles, Captain General of the Indies Fleet and Adelantado of Florida at the village of Seloy landed here on September 8, 1565 with Father Lopez as his fleet's chaplain. He proceeded to hand Father Lopez a cross and the first mass was held in the new land.

The statue of Father Lopez stands 11 feet tall and is set on fossilized coral from the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the base is made of sturdy granite of a dark green hue.
Associated Religion(s): Catholicism

Statue Location: Nombre de Dios Mission

Entrance Fee: free

Artist: Dr. Ivan Mestrovic

Website: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Take a picture of the statue. A waymarker and/or GPSr is not required to be in the image but it doesn't hurt.
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