Castillo de San Marcos
There’s a lot going on this photo of the Castillo de San Marcos. At far left is the Baluarte de San Agustin or St. Augustine’s Bastion. (This is the only “small” tower on the gun deck which you can step inside . . . the others are closed to visitors). At left is the “shot furnace” whose cannonballs were once used to set wooden ships ablaze. At center is the Baluarte de San Carlos and its watchtower, San Marcos. (Yes, the large tower has its own name. Not sure why). At far right, Matanzas Bay and a few of the cannon in the Water Battery can be seen.
Fountain of Youth
One of the park’s relatively new additions is the mission church built after the style of a church constructed in 1587. Unfortunately, the last time I visited the building was condoned off during roof repairs, but I had the opportunity to visit the previous year. This cypress church really evokes the 16th century and is similarly historical on the inside. The setting is beautiful and quite peaceful, not so different from the grounds at Mission Nombre de Dios (except at Nombre de Dios you won’t have peacocks sneaking around and possibly scaring the daylights out of you as you might have at the Fountain of Youth Park).
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