Plaza de Armas
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
St. Augustine Florida
Number 2 in a series of the Castillo
3 Image Autostitch
Although the interior walls around the central plaza inside the Castillo resemble that of a prison they are in reality a chapel, barracks and storage areas. The large doorway in the center of the courtyard is the chapel, the door on the far left was the British barracks during their occupation of the fort from 1763 to 1784. The image is a little offset because I thought the chapel door was the center of the far wall which it was not.
The oldest masonry fort and 21st oldest man made structure in the Continental United States the construction of Castillo de San Marcos began in 1672 and was completed in 1695. Considered to be the best preserved example of a Spanish colonial fortification the United States the fort sits along the waterfront near the downtown of the nations oldest surviving European settlement St. Augustine.