1.11.2009

A tour of Castillo De San Marcos

Last week I decided to finally take a tour of Castillo De San Marcos. This fort was built in 1672. That just is hard to believe. Read some of the history from that link and from the nps.gov site. I enjoyed my tour, and I say tour, but actually I just walked about the fort by myself. They do have tours if you choose to do so.

Castillo De San Marcos
Castillo De San Marcos


Castillo de San Marcos
This inlet is what the fort was built to protect


model
A model of the fort


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A view of a watchtower from outside


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A view of a watchtower from inside (see the construction in the background? That is the Bridge of Lions.)


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Another outside view


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The outside walls


part of the inner wall
Speaking of walls, this is a close up of what the walls were made of...seashells.


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Drawbridge door


This was a what was written on a sign under the next photo: "Historians have puzzled over the fragments of words in this graffiti for decades. The shaping of the letters tells us it is 18th century Spanish, but the pieces of words we can still see make no sense. Can you figure it out?"

unknown words
Graffiti


bunker room shelf
Shelf in bunkroom


"I never saw a man who looked...With such a wistful eye...Upon that little tent of blue...Which prisoners call the sky."

"I never saw a man who looked...With such a wistful eye...Upon that little tent of blue...Which prisoners call the sky."
¸.•*´¨`♥ Oscar Wilde (This was on the fort prison door.)


Powder Magazine
Powder Magazine


Where the bones were found
The room the above sign is talking about...where the bones were found.


More pews
Pews in the fort church


church window
Church window


barrels
Barrels in the bunkhouse


bunk house items
On a table in the bunkhouse


pegs
Part of the bunkhouse bed frame


the stairs
Stairs in the bunkhouse


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For more than 100 years these doors hung at the sally port.


Castillo de San Marcos lock on Port Sally
The lock on port sally door.


Castillo de San Marcos  window panes
A window


St. Peter's Bastion
St. Peter's Bastion


cannon detail
A closer look at a beautiful canon.

1 comments:

Anonymous Monday, January 12, 2009  

beautiful pictures! makes me want to visit...

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