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St Augustine

St. Augustine

Most people who go to St. Augustine remember the restored streets of tourist shops. Or they remember the old Castillo de San Marcos or Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth.

St. Augustine, the nation's oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation's most charming. North Florida boasts a year-round mild climate perfect for strolling Saint Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and restaurants, bars, unique shops, and bed-and-breakfast inns.


Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church
St. Augustine

A legacy of the Flagler Era (circa 1887-1913) of St. Augustine history, the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church offers a classic example of the Venetian Renaissance style. The building was built by hotel entrepreneur Henry Flagler in memory of his daughter, Jennie Louise, who died at sea en route to St. Augustine in 1889.

The picture is of sun shining through stained glass windows illuminating the Apostles Creed in a side altar.


St. Augustine Lighthouse

St. Augustine, the oldest permanent European settlement on the North American continent, is known as the Old City. Don Juan Ponce de Leon discovered La Florida, the “Land of Flowers," in 1513 for Spain.

Near St. Augustine the Matanzas River empties into the Atlantic, flowing past barrier islands named Anastasia and Conch. On the northern end of Anastasia Island, several towers have been built through the years overlooking the inlet that leads to St. Augustine. Early on, the Spanish constructed a wooden lookout tower. Later, a more permanent tower was built using blocks of coquina that was formed as large deposits of shells were cemented together over time by calcium carbonate.

Lighthouse Climb

Today the Lighthouse has been restored and is part of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum complex.

The top of the lighthouse is 165 feet above sea level. There are 219 steps to reach the top and eight landings including one with a bench to rest. Once at the top you can walk out on the observation deck and look into the lens room. On a clear day the views of the beach and barrier islands with the rolling waves are spectacular.

Lighthouse Stairs
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