Castillo de San Marcos
Here’s a view of the Castillo’s north wall seen from the south curtain of the gun deck. Note the contrast of new and old coquina, and the lack of strangers’ heads poking from every available aperture (yet another perk of being some of the first people there in the morning.) The cannon seen at center right is “El Milanes”, forged in Seville in 1764. (Yes, the artillery at the Castillo is authentic, and covers a variety of time periods). Various pieces can be seen on this photo. Fun fact: Before the reconstruction period which ended in 1756, the rooms were smaller and had flat roofs. In the 1740s/50s, each chamber was vaulted and enlarged and the courtyard became much smaller.
The Pena-Peck House along St. George Street is a historic beauty with an interesting past. Once inhabited by Dr. Seth Peck and his family, it’s now owned by the St. Augustine Women’s Exchange and hosts a small, classy gift shop. If you time your visit right, you may be able to tour this home full of 19TH century furnishings, though I’ve never had the opportunity to do so. Be warned that opening times may be subject to small tweaks and you’ll have to hope for the best.
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