Castillo de San Marcos

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1 South Castillo Drive, Saint Augustine, FL, USA

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vulindlela vulindle…
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Historical Site Jun 19, 2016
When we were in Daytona Beach last week, we decided to drive up to see this, since it is only about an hour drive.

The weather was did not cooperate too much, and so we were unable to see the top due to lightning in the area.

The cost was $10 for the two of us, and the three kids we had with us were free of charge since they are all under 16 years of age.

This National Monument was very interesting to explore.

It was built in 1672, and has been in the hands of a few different countries.

It has been a National Monument since 1924.

We found it easy to walk around, and I would say 1-2 hours is all you need to see it.

There is parking out front that costs $1.50 per hour.
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Suusj Suusj
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Castillo de San Marcos May 24, 2016
Saint Augustine is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the US. As it has been European before it became American it has a fort. The Castillo de San Marcos happens to be the oldest fort in the whole continental US.

The fort was designed and build by the Spanish to guard the Florida coast from pirate attacks. Construction began in 1672. The fort has been in the hands of the British (1763) and then Spain (1783) again. In 1819 the Spanish signed the Adams-Oni treaty which cede Florida to the United States. In 1821 the fort became an US army base. The fort was declared a national monument in 1924 and became deactivated in 1933.

As you can see a lot of history!

Entrance is free for children age 16 and under. Others pay $10.- to enter the fort. There are guided tours though it is also possible to wander the fort by yourself.

I found it very interesting to wander the fort, read about it's history (even finding some Dutch history on the side). The fort is quit well preserved. Touring the many rooms which were used for a lot of things like holding prisoners as well as storing powder, sleeping quarters and much more. There are also some wall paintings, though not in the best condition. Walking up the stairs you can find the canons as well as a lovely view over the water.

If you're interested in American as well as some European history, this unique structure is a must see attraction.
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Cho Cho
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San Marcos Fort in Saint Augustine Aug 24, 2015
My first trip to this old Spanish fort was in June 2012. Then in January of this year I paid another visit again. I have a fascination for old forts and have been to several here in the United States and other countries.

The construction of this fort began in 1672 by the Spanish conquerors of Florida, and completed in 1695. It is the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. and was built to protect and defend Spain's claims in the New World. The US government renamed the fort in 1942, reverting to the Spanish name, the Castillo de San Marcos.

I am a history buff and have always taken an interest to find out about the past and I wasn't disappointed as this huge fortress is full of history. It came under fire for the first time in 1702 by British forces. They burned parts of the city, but could not penetrate the Castillo's walls. Several subsequent attacks had similar results, and the British were never able to completely take the city of St. Augustine. In 1763 however, Florida became a British colony with the signing of the Treaty of Paris, thus beginning a 20-year period of English rule. The Castillo was used as a military prison during the Revolutionary War, and at one time it held three signatories of the Declaration of Independence within its walls.

One of the highlights of the fortress tour is watching the firing of cannons by volunteers dressed up in colonial Spanish military uniforms. This re-enactment is performed on weekends, and park rangers will also give visitors a detailed history of the fort and its previous residents. While under United States control the fort was used as a military prison to detain members of various Native American tribes

On both excursions I took the opportunity to explore the Castillo, from the numerous rooms that once housed soldiers and prisoners, to the large interior courtyard and gun decks which offer a great view of the city. Going around the vast complex, one can see what it was like for the Spanish colonial settlers who once lived there.

Entrance fee is $10 per person. Children under age 16 are admitted free of charge but must be accompanied by an adult.

For your information, Florida became a United States Territory in 1821, but this centuries old fort will always be a lasting landmark in the history of the state, and is officially designated as a National Monument. So, if you want to take in a glimpse of the past, head down to Saint Augustine for an educational experience, not to mention the hundreds of beaches nearby to soak in the sunshine, plus numerous other attractions.
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Cho says:
You're right, Bill. Thank God!
Posted on: Aug 24, 2015
Zagnut66 says:
The early history of competing colonial powers in North America is fascinating. Things could have turned out very differently, as these old forts remind us.
Posted on: Aug 24, 2015
hawkeye372 hawkeye3…
2 reviews
Feb 26, 2008
If u are a history buff then by all means this should be on your list to visit. I was with friends from out of town and the guide at the booth asked if I my disability was a permanent one. I said yes and he told me to use this card that he was giving me for the rest of my life. It was a National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass - Free. They have many passes available on their site. http://www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm

There are lots of quaint little eateries around the fort too. The one street is mainly a walking street with shops and cafes. One famous well known is the columbia. It is well known around the locals. You can take a ghost tour at night around st augustine too. This town was on the most haunted places on earth tv show on discovery/travel channel. There is also a historic train tour. http://www.redtrains.com/. So if you are in the area or planing a trip. Then come and stop by the great historical town. There are also quaint bed breakfast and hotels with in walking distance of most attractions. Also drive 5 miles north on 95 from st augustine and stop by the World golf village . You might see me at the museum
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chrisbauer chrisbau…
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Jul 05, 2007
Being (I think) the only real castle in the U.S. automatically makes the Castillo a unique and interesting attraction. Originally constructed by the Spanish to gaurd the Florida coast from pirate attacks, the Castillo is now a national monument located in beautiful Saint Augustine. A self guided tour of the Castillo can involve getting an up-close look at cannons and mortars along the gun deck, looking at many unique defense mechanisms for the Castillo, touring many rooms which were used for everything from storing powder, church services and holding prisioners during the Seminole Wars. On one visit we were even able to watch a dolphin play around the waters of the Atlantic. If you're interested in American history, this unique structure is a must see attraction.
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