Gallery 36: St. Augustine – St. Augustine, Florida

Castillo de San Marcos was built in 1695 and is the oldest and largest masonry fort in the continental United States. It is located on the western shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida. The fort was built by Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles when Florida was part of the Spanish Empire.

The Bridge of Lions is a double-leaf bascule bridge that spans the Intercoastal Waterway in St. Augustine, FL. A pair of copies of the marble Medici Lions guard the bridge since its start in 1925. In its earlier days, it was hailed as “The Most Beautiful Bridge in Dixie”.

This replica of Michelangelo’s famous “David” is one of only two copies in the world carved to the exact specifications as the original – 17 feet high and weighting 10 tons – and from one solid piece of Carrara marble excavated from the exact same quarry – Fantiscritti, in Miseglia, Tuscany – as Michelangelo’s masterpiece. Made in 1963 for the World’s Fair in New York City, it was moved to Buena Park, California in 1965 where it stood for 42 years. Acquired by Ripley’s in May 2007, it was erected on this spot on October 1, 2007.