The old Huguenot Cemetery (officially named the “Protestant Burying Ground”) has an air of sadness about it, and history reveals many reasons for this. First, in Spanish St. Augustine Protestants were forbidden to be buried inside the city, making it necessary to construct a burial ground outside the walls where any number of animals on unsavory passersby might desecrate the tombs (traveler Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote in the 1820s that vandalism had indeed occurred). Second, many of these unfortunate souls were victims of a yellow fever epidemic.
Castillo de San Marcos
This is my favorite photo I took on my recent trip to Florida. Depth perception be hanged . . . none of these places except for the mortar and watchtower are close to one another, and yet this angle makes it seem otherwise. From left to right: San Pedro tower, the Castillo’s weathered coquina wall with a patch of new coquina visible, one of Flagler College’s many beautiful Moorish-style terra cotta turrets, the replica 17TH century Spanish watchtower at the Colonial Quarter museum, the lovely dome of millionaire Henry Flagler’s Memorial Presbyterian Church completed in 1890, and an old Spanish mortar.
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