Situated right on Truman Ave, aka US1, every tourist accessing Old Town passes by St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church. Its presence — at once graceful and commanding — is undeniable.
Also on the grounds is an interesting feature, the historic Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Legend has it, the grotto has protected the island from hurricanes since its construction in 1922 by Sister Mary Louis Gabriel. Before it was built, 300 Key Westers lost their lives in the hurricane of 1919; since its dedication, Key West has experienced nothing greater than a category 2, and no lives have been lost.