Friday, September 16, 2016

September 16, 2016

Castillo de San Marcos

This room on the Castillo’s south wall has been used for very different purposes throughout the years. Along with the room to the left which is now the book store, it was originally part of the first chapel. When the chapel was moved to the north wall, this chamber became officers’ quarters. Now it’s a rather empty room with interpretive text, samples of all the flags which once flew over the Castillo, and a nice model of the fort at right. I love an old structure where you can tell just by looking at the condition of the walls that this place has seen its share of history. "If walls could talk" is the perfect adage for this old room.

 Fountain of Youth

It irks me to read complaints about one of my favorite St. Augustine attractions being too kitschy because of the whole ‘fountain of youth’ thing. Yes, they have that. Yes, some people could call it kitschy. But what about all the history this place has to offer? It’s essentially an outdoor museum, with displays --- such as this one --- dedicated to bringing 16TH century Spanish and Native cultures to life. It’s also very nice to duck into one of the display buildings if it’s blazing hot outside or you’re in the middle of a torrential downpour (strange how such different circumstances can make you similarly miserable).

(c) 2015-2016 St. Augustine Fridays

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