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St Augustine: The Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos

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The Castillo de San Marcos is one of the most famous spots in St. Augustine and one of the oldest national monuments. Constructed in the late 1600s by the Spanish, the Castillo de San Marcos protected the Spanish colony of St. Augustine from outside attacks until the British took over control in 1763. The Spanish received the fort back, however, less than twenty years later under the Second Treaty of Paris.

In 1900 the Castillo de San Marcos was taken off of active duty, and in 1924 it was recognized as a national monument. Today, vacationers to the Old City can tour the historic fort and learn more about the different wars and conflicts that took place around it. Located just near Anastasia Island in downtown St. Augustine, the Castillo de San Marcos is very close to our St. Augustine Bed and Breakfast. We have several vacation packages and offer affordable, cozy St. Augustine Lodging for your next getaway to the Old City. Contact us today.

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