Ancient City of St. Augustine

A visit to St. Augustine felt like an encounter with the past, resonating with both recent personal memories and distant historical echoes. We had previously explored this charming city on a road trip ten years ago, marveling at its rich Spanish-American culture and distinctive architecture. Founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, St. Augustine holds the distinction of being the oldest continuously inhabited European-established settlement in what is now the contiguous United States. This fact gave this city the nickname Ancient City.

Returning to the city, we once again immersed ourselves in its historical charm, mooring at the downtown marina and strolling along its historic streets. Exploring the city, we visited its wonderful buildings and the Castillo de San Marcos. The spirit of St. Augustine undeniably thrives in this city, filling its spaces with a palpable sense of history and cultural richness.

Approaching St.Augustine
Passing the Bridge of Lions
Docked in the Municipal Marina, first – unfolding bikes
Statue of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León, who comes ashore on the Florida coast, and claims the territory for the Spanish crown
Old downtown Aviles Street
Edmund Kirby Smith (right) was born in this house in 1826 and Alexander H. Darnes (left) a slave of the Smith’s was born ca. 1846.
Entry to the Public School
Lightner Museum, former Hotel Alcazar
Casa Monica Hotel
Flagler College is a private liberal arts college, former The Hotel Ponce de Leon
The Ponce de Leon Rotunda
Allegory of Discovery
Tiffany stained glass windows
Villa Zorayda
Memorial Presbyterian Church
Ancient City Baptist Church
The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States
CTD cast in the marina
Plot of CTD cast data
Goodbye, St.Augustine!

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