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St. Photios Chapel

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It is filled with exquisite Byzantine style frescoes of many apostles and saints of the Christian church.

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The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, an institution of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, is dedicated to the first colony of Greek people who came to America in 1768.

Adding vibrant luster to these extraordinary examples of the centuries old Byzantine art is an abundant use of 22 Karat gold leaf on the highlights of the frescoes.

All the icons (religious paintings) in the chapel have been executed in the traditional Byzantine style which expresses visually the theology of the Greek Orthodox Church. Most of the icons in this chapel have been painted directly on its walls and domes.  Paintings done in this manner are called frescoes.  The inscriptions on the icons are in Greek. 

Called “The Jewel of St. George Street,” the St. Photios Chapel should not be missed by any visitor.  The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is located in historic St. Augustine, Florida, on St. George Street between Orange and Cuna Streets.

Open Monday-Saturday: 9am-5:00pm; Sunday: Noon-6pm.

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