Espiritu Santo Church

Espiritu Santo Church (HMTQF)

Location: Safety Harbor, FL 34695 Pinellas County
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Country: United States of America
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N 28° 0.67', W 82° 41.125'

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Site of Early Spanish Missionary Efforts

On Pentecost Sunday, May 26, 1539, Hernando de Soto sailed into Tampa Bay and named it "Bahia Espiritu Santo" (Holy Spirit Bay). A decade later it is believed that the famed Dominican missionary, Father Luis de Cancer, was martyred nearby after spending 6 weeks in the area in an attempt to spread the Gospel among the native peoples. The stained glass window over the main doors pays tribute to Father de Cancer.Twenty years later, St. Augustine founder, Pedro Mendez de Aviles came here with a fleet of ships, leaving a captain, 30 soldiers and a Jesuit priest who erected a chapel with the intention of ministering to the native Tocabaga. The mission had to be abandoned within a few years because of hostility and distance.Nearly 400 years later, the present parish was established on this knoll overlooking Old Tampa Bay, close to the site of the ancient Spanish mission on Bahia Espiritu Santo.
Year Placed2011
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Date Added Monday, October 27th, 2014 at 2:45am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17R E 334289 N 3099584
Decimal Degrees28.01116667, -82.68541667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 0.67', W 82° 41.125'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 0' 40.20" N, 82° 41' 7.50" W
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Area Code(s)727
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2405 Phillippe Dr, Safety Harbor FL 34695, US
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