Thursday, December 4, 2008

City Gates

A few shots of the St. Augustine city gates at the head of St. George Street.  This version of the city gate was constructed out of coquina in 1808 during the final reconstruction of the city wall which stretched west from the castillo to the San Sebastian River just west of town.

Just west of the city gate is a reconstructed version of the Santo Domingo Redoubt, one of many such defensive works that ringed the city in the 18th and 19th centuries.  Redoubts have open back sides so defenders can access it easily and stick out beyond the normal line of the city wall so that you can create a cross-fire along the length of the wall if attacked.

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