Day 157.  St Augustine layover

Spent the morning sightseeing this beautiful city. Above is the Hotel Ponce de Leon built in 1888 by Henry Flagler. Flagler was a wealthy hotelier, railway magnate and co founder of Standard Oil along with John D. Rockefeller.  When opened the building was equipped with electric lights installed by none other than Thomas Edison, who was a friend of Flagler. The building is now a university known as Flagler College.

The Castillo de San Marco stands at the entrance to the harbour at Matanzas Bay and was built commencing in 1672 taking 23 years to complete. It is made from quarried blocks of soft seashells, laid out in the sun for a year known as coquina. It is surrounded by a dry moat and has cannonball damage on the seaward wall. It was built after Sir Francis Drake attacked an earlier wooden fort on the same site.

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