December 2016 - St. Augustine FL
Within the grounds of the Fountain of Youth park is the 1587 Mission of Nombre de Dios.
To reconstruct the Mission, a new archaeologically appropriate site was chosen. The structure was built using historically correct methods wherever possible using local cypress, which was known to 16th century Spaniards to be durable and resistant to wood-eating insects. The Mission church features a choir loft and rustic altar and uses a palm thatch roof. The floor is crushed coquina, as is the area around the church.