Spanish Delegation to visit St. Augustine Feb. 26

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From the City of St. Augustine

A delegation from Avilés, Spain, one of St. Augustine’s sister cities and the birthplace of St. Augustine’s founder, Pedro Menéndez, will visit St. Augustine and bring a gift to commemorate St. Augustine’s 450th anniversary.

The gift is an exact replica scale model of the San Pelayo, the ship on which Menéndez 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 “Tapestry: The Cultural Threads of First America” exhibition opening April 4, 2015.

Representing the City of Avilés will be Pilar Varela Díaz, Mayor of Avilés; Román 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.

Both events are free and open to the public. For information, call the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration office at 904.825.1053 or visit


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