"Old City Gates and Walls" Colonial Spanish Quarter Tip by Ewingjr98


The city gates, located at the northern end of touristy St. George Street, were once the only land entrance to St. Augustine. The existing gate towers were built in 1808, though connected to the Castillo via a modern replica of the early wooden wall. The walls were originally constructed around the city in 1704, after the devastating attack by the English in 1702. In fact, three lines of defense guarded the land approach to the north of the city: farthest north was Fort Mose with a wall across the peninsula, at about Pine street was the second defensive line, and the third line stretched from the Castillo across the existing city gates and to the San Sebastian River. Another wall is said to have run south from the area of the city gates along present-day Cordova Street.

The reconstructed Santo Domingo Redoubt is located just west of the gate near the intersection of Cordova and Orange Streets. The square fortification, which allowed good fields of fire for cannons, is marked with a descriptive historical marker.

Address: 53 St. George St.
Phone: 904-823-4569

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  • Written Jul 3, 2010
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