From the City of St. Augustine
A delegation from AvilÃ©s, Spain, one of St. Augustineâ€™s sister cities and the birthplace of St. Augustineâ€™s founder, Pedro MenÃ©ndez, will visit St. Augustine and bring a gift to commemorate St. Augustineâ€™s 450th anniversary.
The gift is an exact replica scale model of the San Pelayo, the ship on which MenÃ©ndez sailed when he landed in Florida on Sept. 8, 1565, and founded St. Augustine.
Measuring approximately 3.8 feet by 2 feet by 3.8 feet, constructing the model took more than five years of extensive research and painstakingly craftsmanship to build the piece. The model will be displayed within the â€œTapestry: The Cultural Threads of First Americaâ€ exhibition opening April 4, 2015.
Representing the City of AvilÃ©s will be Pilar Varela DÃaz, Mayor of AvilÃ©s; RomÃ¡n Alvarez Gonzalez, City Council Member for Culture; Carmen Vega, City Council Member; Santos Yague, Researcher; and Javier Pumarino, Naval Engineer and Designer.
The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Visitor Information Center, 10 W. Castillo Drive.