Friday, July 8, 2016

July 08, 2016

Memorial Presbyterian Church

 The Presbyterian church commissioned by millionaire Henry Flagler is one of the most beautiful structures in St. Augustine. When separated visually from the rest of the church, its towers stand out as particularly impressive. As with many buildings in town, you might think you’re gazing upon some ancient European cathedral instead of a structure dating from the relatively modern year of 1890.I don’t believe visitors have access to the towers, but even viewing them from the outside is an amazing experience.

City Gates

I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been particularly fond of the old City Gate. Dating from 1808 and in poor condition, this gate was once the boundary of St. Augustine, keeping citizens in and “undesirables” out. In colonial times the defenses were strengthened by a moat which was later filled in and which became the dirt walkway visitors use today. Photos from the 1800s show that the area beyond the gates was completely open.

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