Castillo De San Marcos, St. Augustine
During our last few hours in St. Augustine, I wanted to head back to the Historic Downtown area for one last time before we got back on the road. Having gotten back to the hotel at around 2am after the Ghost and Gravestones Tour, we wanted to take it easy and go for a stroll. We found ourselves at Castillo De San Marcos which costs $10 each to get in, and those tickets are good for an entire week. We gave ours away to a couple we met on the street since we were on our way out of town. The fort is huge - much larger than Fort Mantanzas but for me personally, not as fun. I wish it had a tour guide - like The Old Jail - to really help you get a true experience of what life was like when this was a functioning fort.
The Castillo de San Marcos is unique in North American architecture. As the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States it is a prime example of the "bastion system" of fortification, the culmination of hundreds of years of military defense engineering.
It is also unique for the material used in its construction. The Castillo is one of only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina (The other is Fort Matanzas National Monument 14 miles south)
The fortress itself is both a product of and evidence to the multitude of forces both political and technological that created the competition for empire during the colonial era. But above all the Castillo is an enduring legacy of the craftsmanship and skill of the engineers, artisans and labourers who built it. (via NPS.Gov)
Castillo De San Marcos is beautiful. There was a time while we were in there that I forgot that I was only about two hours from my house. St. Augustine does such a wonderful job of preserving the towns history, culture and architecture.
My husband LOVES boats so we spent some time sitting on the bay together talking and spotting fish. As much as we love being with our son, this weekend was such an important remainder of how important it is to have husband and wife time. In a few weeks we'll be celebrating 11 years together and 6 years of marriage. It's nice to continue dating and bonding, which is the foundation of our family unit. Despite being known for ghosts and spirits (alcohol), we found St. Augustine to be quite romantic and picturesque.