St. Augustine: Fort Castillo de San Marcos

Fort’s Outer Coquina Rock Walls

 

Fort’s Entrance Over Dry Moat

 

Fort’s Inner Courtyard

Fort’s Lookout Tower

Fort’s View of Matanzas Bay

Fort’s Upper Level with Cannons

Fort’s Assorted Cannons with Cannonballs

Fort’s Row of Cannons

Cannon’s Fish Handles

Cannon with Face

Cannon with Intricate Spanish Design

St. Augustine is our nation’s oldest city.  It was founded by the Spanish in 1565.  Planning is already underway for the city’s 450th birthday celebration in 2015.  St. Augustine’s most important historic structure is the Castillo de San Marcos.  This fort was built between 1672 and 1695.  The fortress walls are made of blocks of fossilized shells (coquina rock).  The fort’s cannons are particularly interesting and beautiful.  Castillo de San Marcos was built to protect the city of St. Augustine and its harbor (our nation’s first seaport).  A battle was never lost.  The Castillo de San Marcos was preserved as a National Monument in 1924.  More info is at:  http://www.nps.gov/casa/index.htm 

A quote I really like by the real Saint Augustine is:  “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page.”

About Pam
Richard and Pam lived in the San Francisco Bay Area 14 years (1987-1999 and 2008-2011). They lived in Florida 13 years previously, until returning in July 2011 to present. They hope their photography will encourage you to get out and discover nature's beauty in your own backyard, parks, and wild places. Click on any pictures on this blog to see them full size with additional details.

6 Responses to St. Augustine: Fort Castillo de San Marcos

  1. smilingtoad says:

    A place very dear to this briny heart- Wonderful post!!!!

  2. FeyGirl says:

    Wonderful place… Love the old town!! 🙂

  3. zannyro says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit…Thank you for sharing this 🙂

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