100th Anniversary Celebration for History Buffs

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Cathedral Basilica &#169 St. Augustine CVB

Cathedral Basilica © St. Augustine CVB

 

Florida Vacation Guide to Historical Churches & Centennial Celebrations

St. Augustine is the hub of old buildings within Florida, from Castillo de San Marcos to Ft. Mose State Park. Founded in 1565, its church was built much later but its spires are a focal point within the city. From northern to southern Florida, we showcase two historical churches for a history tour this weekend, one that’s celebrating its 100th Anniversary.

Cathedral Basilica, St. Augustine

Although construction started in the 1500s, the church was repeatedly burned down and reached its final construction in 1797, although it endured subsequent fires and restoration after that. Built in Spanish Mission–style, the cathedral towers over America’s oldest public park, St. Augustine’s Plaza de la Constitution. The Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine’s bell tower is the architectural focal point but make sure you step inside. In 1970, the historic church received the National Historic Landmark designation.

Beth David &#169 Michael Breheny

Beth David © Michael Breheny

Beth David Synagogue

Beth David is the first synagogue to be built in Miami and is celebrating its 100th anniversary starting with gala this Saturday, March 24, 2012. The  1912 theme of its centennial gala honours the 14 multi-generational families that helped found the congregation. Among the many celebrations for the synagogue in the coming months, there will be an April 22nd restoration of the Jewish section of Miami’s Cemetery and a special May 19th Shabbat service honoring synagogue educators. “We feel lucky that so many of the families that helped shape this institution are still a part of our community today,” stated Ed Sachs, President of Beth David Congregation.

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Do you visit historical buildings when you travel or do you prefer the new?