Taken 6-Dec-10
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Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:North America
Subcategory Detail:United States of America
Keywords:florida, menendez, mission, st augustine, vern williams photographer
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Dimensions2932 x 1949
Original file size1.67 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spacesRGB
Date taken6-Dec-10 21:16
Date modified5-Jun-12 11:00
Shooting Conditions

Camera makeNIKON CORPORATION
Camera modelNIKON D300
Focal length18 mm
Focal length (35mm)27 mm
Max lens aperturef/3.5
Exposure25s at f/5
FlashNot fired
Exposure bias0 EV
Exposure modeManual
Exposure prog.Manual
ISO speedISO 200
Metering modeSpot
Digital zoom1x
Statue of Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales

Statue of Father Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales

The impressive bronze statue of Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of Menéndez’s fleet; celebrant of the First Mass at the mission in St Augustine, Fl; and first missionary, stands eleven feet tall.
On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menéndez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition. It was on these grounds that Fr. López would celebrate the first parish Mass and begin the work at America’s first mission. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present.