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Welcome to the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

At the heart of St. Augustine, Florida, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios offers a tranquil haven of peace and serenity to all who visit. We are honored to be recognized as the most peaceful tourist attraction in the United States according to visitor reviews compiled by Casago. Read the full article. Here, the gentle whispers of history blend with the spiritual tranquility that many seek.

Highlights of Our Shrine:

  • Historical Significance: As America’s oldest city, St. Augustine is home to this sacred site, where the first Marian Shrine in the country was established.

  • Spiritual Oasis: Nestled along the picturesque shores of the Matanzas River, our shrine provides a serene setting for prayer, meditation, and reflection.

  • Sacred Grounds: Walk where the first Mass in what would become the United States was celebrated, making this spot hallowed ground.

  • Beautiful Chapel: The Chapel of Our Lady of La Leche invites visitors to experience the compassion and care of the Blessed Mother.

  • Invitation to All: We welcome individuals of all faiths to explore our lush gardens, attend Mass, light a candle, or simply sit in contemplation.

  • Guided Tours: Knowledgeable guides offer insights into the rich history and spiritual significance of the shrine and its surroundings.

  • Gift Shop: Visitors can bring home a memento of their experience with a selection of religious articles and gifts.

A Message to Our Visitors:

We are delighted and humbled by the recognition bestowed upon us. In the bustling world we live in, finding a moment of peace is precious. The National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche is more than just a destination; it’s a journey into a realm of peace that rests not only in the surroundings but also in the spirit.

As you plan your visit, we extend a warm invitation to immerse yourself in the tranquility that our Shrine provides. Whether you seek a moment of solace, wish to delve into the rich tapestry of faith and history, or simply want to enjoy the beauty of our sacred spaces, the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche is here for you.

We are proud to be a beacon of peace, not only for the people of Florida but for visitors from across the globe. Come and discover why so many have found a unique and profound sense of calm within our grounds.

For more information on our schedule, events, and the experience that awaits you, please visit our website or reach out to us directly. We look forward to welcoming you to this special place of peace and prayer.

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