Don’t miss your opportunity to see the historic Villa Zorayda castle in the glow of more than 100 candles on this popular holiday tour of one of St. Augustine’s most iconic buildings. The current St. Augustine museum and turn-of-the-century masterpiece is beautifully decorated this time of year with a spectacular Christmas tree adorned in red and gold.
Docents guide visitors during this 90 minute tour of the castle by candlelight beginning each evening at 6 p.m. Tour tickets are $15.00 per adult and require a reservation. The museum is located at 83 King Street., St. Augustine, Florida and reservations can be taken by phone at 904-829-9887 and more information can be obtained at www.villazorayda.com.
The current St. Augustine museum – Villa Zorayda (also known as the Zorayda Castle) is actually a house inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. It was built by the eccentric Boston millionaire Franklin W. Smith in 1883 as his private home in St. Augustine, Florida, United States. There are many interesting facts about the property including but not limited to the fact that it is the first poured concrete building in St. Augustine. On September 23, 1993, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. It is owned by former St. Augustine mayor and local real estate investor Edward Mussallem (and family).