There are countless structures and landmarks throughout St. Augustine that have been a staple of the community for almost a half of a millennium. These features are true testaments to the rich history of the city. The Trinity Episcopal Parish in St. Augustine is a good example of some of these historical points of interest. Although it is young relative to many of the things that you will find here, it is a shimmering example of the culture of the city in the early 1800s and beyond. Here are some of the most interesting things about Trinity Parish.
History of Trinity Parish
Trinity Episcopal Parish is particularly significant because it was among the first to be established in 1821 shortly after Florida was acquired as a territory of the United States. In many ways, the parish speaks volumes about the beginning of an American tradition, which enjoyed significant influence from the Spanish traditions that the St. Augustine culture was comprised of for hundreds of years.
The first church was constructed in 1831. It was built out of local stone made from shells, which many of the Spanish buildings in the city were made from. The original structure was 36 by 50 feet. Over the following decades, the church enjoyed steady improvements, including the famous and beautiful stained glass windows at the front of the church. In the early 1900s, the church enjoyed a massive renovation project that added some beautiful features and increased the size greatly, allowing 500 parishioners to enjoy mass.
Visiting the Church
There are so many beautiful features throughout the church that make this such a unique place. The most recognizable of these features are the dozens of the stained-glass windows that line the walls of the church. The combined effect of these windows is a mosaic of beautiful color that paints the inside of the church. Being inside the church on a sunny day is an incredible experience. The massive organ in the Trinity Parish church was assembled in 1857 and has been a prominent fixture of the church ever since.
St. Augustine gets a lot of attention for its history of hundreds and hundreds of years ago. But the Trinity Parish offers a historical perspective of how that culture developed hundreds of years after its founding. A visit to Trinity Parish in St. Augustine, Florida is a very worthwhile experience for people of all interests and beliefs. Make sure you stop by during your next visit to St. Augustine.
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