"The Old Spanish Fort" Castillo de San Marcos Tip by peach93

Castillo de San Marcos, Saint Augustine: 52 reviews and 130 photos

  El Castillo from a Distance
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  • El Castillo from a Distance - Saint Augustine
      El Castillo from a Distance
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  • The Fort's Dry Moat - Saint Augustine
      The Fort's Dry Moat
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  • The View from the Fort's Top - Saint Augustine
      The View from the Fort's Top
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  • Antique Spanish Cannon - Saint Augustine
      Antique Spanish Cannon
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El Castillo de San Marcos is St. Augustine's most recognizable, and its largest, landmark. It was built in the 17th Century, mainly as a way to protect the city from pirate invasions, which were common at the time and quite dangerous. The fort sits by the sea right in front of the Old Town and is today a U.S. National Park.

For $6 you can go inside the fort and explore, and your ticket is good for a whole week. The lower section contains several rooms that were used for sleeping and storage. There is also a prison and a chapel. The upper part of the fort is where the cannons are located as well as the towers, some of which you can go inside of and check out.

The view from the top of the fort is excellent, but you have to be careful up there because there are no railings.

Address: 1 South Castillo Drive
Directions: Avenue Menedez and Castillo Drive
Phone: 905 829-6506 (ext 234 rangers)
Website: http://www.nps.gov/casa/

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  • Written Jan 11, 2007
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