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St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

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Address: 41 Saint George St, St. Augustine, FL 32084-3607
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+1 904-829-8205

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A Tranquil Spot for Renewal

In the midst of the crowded, noisy St. George Street, you'll find this welcomed corner of tranquility and renewal. It may be a little difficult to find, but well worth the visit... read more

Reviewed 13 March 2017
Hartford, Connecticut
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Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

In the midst of the crowded, noisy St. George Street, you'll find this welcomed corner of tranquility and renewal. It may be a little difficult to find, but well worth the visit. The chapel here at St. Photios is completely restored and beautifully decorated with Byzantine-style frescoes. Be sure to speak with the volunteers who will be happy to tell... More 

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Reviewed 9 March 2017

I saw a brochure and probably wouldn't have sought this place out - but I walked by and thought "why not?" It is free, small, informative, and very beautiful. Soulful music creates a world apart from the tourists outside. Displays and photos tell about yet another group that was brought to this city and made its mark. I brought my... More 

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Sylvania, Ohio
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Reviewed 7 March 2017

Noticed this little gem walking down St. George Street. A beautiful, Greek Orthodox Shrine that should not be passed. It is breathtaking. You can just walk in and take a quick look but take a few minutes to read a little of the shrine's history. The gift shop has some nice items.

Thank maryl5497
Cary, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We were walking around Old Town early in the morning and saw a little courtyard outside of the Shrine. I just had to walk in and explore the area. There is a beautifully preserved original wooden door on display before you walk into the shrine. It was a very cold morning and the warmth inside the shrine was divine. Many... More 

Thank IWork2TravelUSA
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Reviewed 28 February 2017

We stumbled on this during a walk, and stopped in to explore. I've never been in a Greek Orthodox church, so wasn't sure what the shrine would be like. Very peaceful, and a lot of interesting information and displays.

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

Take some time from the crush of St. George Street to visit this shrine. Light a candle, be amazed by the hand painted walls. I found it to be truly peaceful.

Thank Bekalah
Middle Island, New York
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Reviewed 10 February 2017

stunning shrine.the shrine is as beautiful as any church you will visit.the entire history of greek immigration to the u.s. is covered.this building served as sanctuary for the survivors of the first greek settlement.a hidden gem in the middle of tourist st.augustine's st.george street.

Thank kevinmannmail
Clearwater, Florida
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Reviewed 8 February 2017

This little shrine is so peaceful and calm. You can see the history of Greek Culture in Florida absolutely free. Their shrine also has a small chapel which was all painted by hand.

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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 7 February 2017

step down a passageway of the main pedestrian street and you discover the story of the first Greek colony in the new world. Nice small replica of an Orthodox sanctuary

Thank janetn56
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 4 February 2017

Both spiritual and historical. This is both a museum and a shrine with new frescoes (I didn't know artists were still painting them) in the Byzantine style, painted directly on wet plaster on the walls and ceilings. The history part was so well done, I spent longer than I meant to (annoying my family). You learn all about the Greeks... More 

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