Majesty of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida, is the oldest continuously occupied settlement of European origin in the United States. Founded by Spain in 1565, fifty-five years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, the city was repeatedly attacked as Great Britain and Spain struggled to gain control of Florida. Only the Castillo de San Marcos, completed in the late seventeenth century, survived the destruction of the city by invading British forces in 1702.
Though there were over three hundred original buildings when Florida achieved statehood in 1821, only thirty-six of these remained by 1965. It was while the city celebrated its four hundredth anniversary that the state committed to help restore remaining buildings. The city of St. Augustine now manages the Colonial Spanish Quarter Museum and is dedicated to restoring, preserving, and interpreting the rich and fascinating history of this gem.
This architectural tour of St. Augustine is filled with the history of the city embodied by buildings that for centuries were used as schools, like the Genoply School House, gracious family homes including the Pena-Peck house, and stately houses of worship such as the Basilica Cathedral, which was built in the 1790s.
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