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Here are some of the our pictures from visits to St. Augustine, Florida;
 America's oldest city. It is about 45 km south of our home.

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Plaque Commemorating the Oldest City in the US

This commemorative plaque marks St Augustine as the first, permanent, western settlement in the America (Florida).

St Augustine was settled in 1565, the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the USA, antedating the other well-known early American settlements of Jamestown (1609), and Boston (1630).

St. Augustine is the oldest continuously inhabited city in a US state.

This is the beginning of the Bridge of Lions, State Route A1A crossing the St Augustine harbor.

St Augustine Bridge of Lions

Old St Augustine as seen from the Lighthouse   The St Augustine Lighthouse

Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria on the St Augustine Lighthouse overlooking the Harbor

These are views of and from the St Augustine lighthouse, the first lighthouse to be built in Florida. It is 165' tall and contains 219 steps. The climb is equivalent to that of a fourteen storey building. #1 is the view of the Old City from the lighthouse, the Bridge of Lions can be seen in the middle right of the photo; #2, the lighthouse; and #3, us on the top of the lighthouse overlooking the harbor.
 Jerrold Patz & Naimah Zakaria photo "Jerrold Patz"

These photos are of the old fort (Castillo de San Marcos) that protected St Augustine. It is the nation's oldest masonry fort.  The right photo is a detail of the fort's design: typical 16th Century Spanish architecture.

View of the Castillo (fort) de San Marcos   Detail of the Fort's Architecture

St Augustine City Hall

The St Augustine Lightner Museum, a showcase for mechanical musical instruments and Tiffany glass. Formerly the Alcazar Hotel, it was also built by Henry Flagler.

Flagler College, once the Ponce de Leon Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1888.

Flagler College, the former Hotel Ponce de Leon

Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the US This is the oldest wooden schoolhouse in the US. Built prior to 1763, this schoolhouse remains as it was over two centuries ago. My alma mater, Boston Latin School  is the oldest public school in the U.S. Boston Latin School opened in 1635 and is still in operation. In 1881, Boston Latin School was spoken of as "the largest structure in America devoted to educational purposes, and the largest in the world
used as a free school."

St. Augustine is also the home to a Greek Orthodox National Shrine, St. Photios. Here are two views, an altar and a portion of one of the ceiling frescoes.

Altar at St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine, St. Augustine   Ceiling Detail at St. Photios Greek Orthodox Shrine, St. Augustine

Lisa, Gilbert, and Laurent on top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse   Gilbert, Lisa, and Laurent at the St. Augustine Old City Gate

Our European 'cousins' visit St. Augustine. (L) Lisa, Gilbert, and Laurent on top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and (R) Gilbert, Lisa, and Laurent at the Old City Gate.

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