Castillo de San Marcos

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Known as the oldest masonry fort in the United States, Castillo de San Marcos was a wonderfully historical place to visit while we were visiting St. Augustine.  Construction was completed in 1695 and was made out of coquina which is a stone that is similar to limestone, but made from shells, mollusks, etc. and is found along the east coast of Florida.  What was wonderful about coquina was that because of it’s softness, when cannon balls would hit the walls of coquina, they would sink into it rather than shatter or puncture the walls.

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The drawbridge…

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The moat

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The gate on the other side of the draw bridge inside the fort.

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Soldier barracks

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The fort has been the subject of paranormal activity, so we decided to go on another ghost hunt.  We thought we would start with jail.

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We searched the courtyard.

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(Warning: distracted woman with camera) Old doors and hardware make me happy.

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We found an officer of the fort, but he didn’t look very ghostly.

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Ol’ Blue Eyes… definitely not the ghost we’re looking for.

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A different view into the courtyard, but still not seeing any orbs or energy balls or cold breath on my neck.

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Under the stairs are the latrines.  These are basically two rooms.  No drainage, nothing.  Ick.

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Matanzas Bay in the background.

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Where’s Waldo?

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Matanzas Bay *sigh*

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My guys and still no ghost.

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Vintage Cannons

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My oldest punk… giving me a heart attack and sitting on the ledge of the fort.

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The flag which flies over Fort Matanzas and the Castillo de San Marcos is described in heraldry as a red saltire raguly on a white field. A saltire is an X figure; raguly refers to the jagged edges of the cross. The X-shaped cross is commonly called “St. Andrew’s cross” because tradition says that Andrew the Disciple was crucified on a cross shaped like an X. {From NPS.gov site.)

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Cool shadow pattern on the drawbridge, but no ghosts.

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Across the drawbridge (leaving).

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On the other side of the moat.

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Corner shot of Castillo de San Marcos.

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Hang on,  think I saw something…

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Well, I guess there are ghosts at Castillo de San Marcos, and now I’ve got the proof!

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