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Sentry Box Overlooking the Matanzas River

Sentry Box Overlooking the Matanzas River

This is a view of the sentry box, overlooking the natural surroundings of Rattlesnake Island and Matanzas River, south of St. Augustine. The sentry box or garita, an architectural feature of Spanish Caribbean forts, had fallen off sometime during the 1800s while Fort Matanzas sat abandoned. It was rebuilt of brick in 1927 and again of coquina in 1929 using steel reinforcing rods to attach it to the existing parapet walls. This fort is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as Fort Matanzas National Monument.
Galleries: Fort Matanzas, Forts and Fortifications, St. Johns
Keywords: Fort Matanzas National Park, Forts, Garita, National Monument, Saint Augustine, Spanish fort, St. Augustine, bartizan, sentry box, stonework
Photo Location: Fort Matanzas National Monument, St. Johns County, Florida
Photographer: Dr. Roy Winkelman
Date of Photo: 12/17/2013
Device Make: Canon
Device Model: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Exposure Time: 0.0166667
F Number: 22
Original Dimensions: 5616×3744
Picture Orientation: Landscape
GPS Coordinates: 29°42′55″N 81°14′21″W
Picture Number: 25974