The Villa Zorayda Museum is offering a Thank You To All Who Serve on Veterans Day Weekend by offering free admission to members of the US Military and half-off for family members. The audio guided tour is included.
On the National Register of Historic Places, the Villa Zorayda was built in 1883 as the winter residence of Franklin W. Smith. It is built 1/10th the scale of a section of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain and set a precedence for St. Augustine, beginning the Moorish Spanish Revival style of architecture that is seen throughout the city today.
In 1913 it was purchased by Abraham S. Mussallem, an authority on Oriental rugs, fine arts and Egyptian artifacts. Then, in 1922, it became one of the most fashionable places for casino gambling. In the mid 1930s, it was opened as a museum featuring the priceless antique collections of both Franklin Smith and A.S. Mussallem which are still on display today.