Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Castillo de San Marcos - St. Augustine


The Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine, Florida, is the oldest extant fort in the United States. Construction began on the fort in 1672, the purpose of which was to protect Spain's claims in the New World. It is now a national monument. If you are interested, much more information is available here.

9 comments:

~Cheryl said...

Wow. I'll have to ask my husband if he visited this when he was in St. Augustine. What a treasure trove of history! I also enjoyed your flamingo photo: colors, reflections, and the main bird is leaving a wake behind him!

Paula said...

I haven't made it to St Augustine yet, it looks amazing, something that old and Spanish is something you see every day.

Small City Scenes said...

Very interesting.. Imagine something being built in the 1600s and still around.
Historical. MB

joo said...

I love this picture - it's so calm with the blue sky (I migth seem to be obsessedd with the blue sky, by the way!!!)
Intersting place:)

brattcat said...

I wonder how different our lives would be if this fort had been utterly effective in its goal. Good shot!

Cezar and Léia said...

So there are indeed real medieval castles in the U.S., I never thought there could be! Really interesting, thanks for sharing this! Good to learn!
God bless you!
Cezar

Rose said...

Now that is old! Imagine anything build this day and age lasting that long!

Tricia @ Bluff Area Daily said...

1672!!! Mercy me oh my!

Gorgeous capture of the place - I've got to get out & explore this country - I love history!

JM said...

A very familiar kind of building. A Florida shot I'm not used to. Pretty cool!:-)