It was my first time to set foot in the state of Florida, and St.Augustine seemed the appropriate city to shower me with the  most welcome. The city has a lighthouse worth bragging about!

The Spanish originally constructed a wooden lookout tower in the area, but after the United States acquired the Territory of Florida from Spain, the old Spanish tower was then converted to a lighthouse. A light keeper’s house was then added years after.

 

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St. Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida.
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St.Augustine Lighthouse in St.Augustine, Florida.

 

The current lighthouse, using its first-order Fresnel lens, is still in full operation. The top can be reached with 219 steps which we sadly didn’t try. The keeper’s house however, is now a gift shop and a museum and it is worth a look.

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The light keeper’s house of St. Augustine’s  is now converted into a museum
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The light keeper’s house of St. Augustine’s is now converted into a museum.
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The light keeper’s house of St.Augustine’s is now converted into a museum.
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St. Augustine Lighthouse in Florida is still in full operation using this first order Fresnel lens.
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Inside the light keeper’s house of St. Augustine lighthouse which is now converted into a museum.
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St.Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida.
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St. Augustine Lighthouse in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

The Spanish colony of St. Augustine was established on the day of the Feast of St.Augustine, hence the name. I should know, I went to a rigid Catholic school.

 

 

 

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