Another of St. Augustine’s must-see tourist attractions is the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, which lies on the western shore of Matanzas Bay, right next to the Colonial Quarter. Built between 1672 and 1695 by the Spanish, the large limestone fort protected St. Augustine for centuries with its sturdy defenses now a very popular tourist attraction.
While it was attacked several times and besieged twice, the fort never fell to force, instead, it changed hands peacefully between Spain, the States, the British, and Confederacy six times in total.
As well as wandering along its ramparts and seeing its chapel and guard quarters, visitors can enjoy lovely views out over the bay and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance.
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