Castillo de San Marcos

The main gate of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida.  August 4, 2009.

The main gate of Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine, Florida. August 4, 2009.

After visiting Betsy’s brother, Ray, in Jacksonville, we headed south to Ormond Beach for Betsy’s birthday.  We travelled through Saint Augustine, and, since we had some extra time, decided to stop at Castillo de San Marcos.

The Spanish started construction on Castillo de San Marcos in 1672.  The detail and architecture of the fort are both distinctive and unique.  Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry and the only existing 17th century fort in North America.

The outer walls of the fort.  August 4, 2009.

The outer walls of the fort. August 4, 2009.

The first 300 years of the existence of the fort were times of constant warfare as European countries vied for the economic wealth of the New World.  The Castillo was attacked many times (mostly by the British) but was never captured.

The reconstructed city of St. Augustine, Florida.  August 4, 2009.

The reconstructed city of St. Augustine, Florida. August 4, 2009.

The present National Park Service Monument consists of over 20 acres and includes a reconstructed section of the St. Augustine city wall.

Both Betsy and I enjoyed our visit to this, one of the oldest structures in the U. S.  If you’re ever near St. Augustine visit the fort.  We think you’ll enjoy it.

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12 Responses to “Castillo de San Marcos”

  1. Susie Says:

    We have been to St. Augustine but didn’t visit the fort. Love the history from it.

  2. Fishing Guy Says:

    George: What a wonderful visit through your photos of the area.

  3. MaryBeth Says:

    I love forts too and this is soooo old. Isn’t St Augustine the oldest city in the US? Out this way if it was built in the 1800s it is old. I would like to see something as impressive as that. MB

  4. Karin Says:

    Very interesting George and as always you take great shots!

  5. imac Says:

    Nice informative post with great pics George.

  6. Carletta Says:

    Didn’t you just love St. Augustine? We spent a night there near the beach many years ago when our kids were toddlers. The town was very quaint at the time.
    We never saw the fort so I’ve enjoyed seeing it through your photos.

  7. Tricia Says:

    I’m almost positive this is the place they featured on Ghost Hunters & said it’s HAUNTED! Interesting… to me, anyway! hehehe

  8. Cheryl Says:

    Looks like a most inviting spot to visit!

  9. Suz Says:

    Those are great photos and a great bit of a history lesson. This is another area that I want to visit and being Native Floridians, WE SHOULD have already been there!!!

  10. Tina Says:

    Need to put this on my fl. list!! 🙂

  11. Leedra Says:

    Isn’t this place great? I have a special attraction to it. I have very few photographs of my father, because he died when I was two. I have some photos of him and my mother at the fort. I have visited there several times,and always go to the spot that appears to be where he was standing. I have photos of me and Jimmy in that same spot.

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