St. Augustine’s Architecture Tells The Story Of Its Rich Multicultural History

St. Augustine Lions Bridge

St. Augustine’s lions guard the entrance to the Bridge of Lions. Source: Susan Sims

The Pilgrims landed on Plymouth Rock in 1620, but by this time the Spaniards already had a colonial experiment in action—and it wasn’t in frozen Massachusetts. St. Augustine, Florida is the oldest continuously occupied European-founded city in the United States. Existing long before the American Revolutionary War, affirmative action, and women’s suffrage, this multicultural city’s impressive history can be seen in its architecture.

Lions Bridge in Florida

Known as “the most beautiful bridge in Dixie,” the Bridge of Lions was designed not only for transport but to be a work of art. The lions at the head of the bridge are copies of the Medici lions found at the Loggia dei Lanzi in Florence, Italy. Source: Susan Sims

Cannons St. Augustine

Cannons guard the gates of the Fountain of Youth, an area originally explored by Pedro Menéndez. Source: Susan Sims

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Beauty, Defiance And “Miss Besieged Sarajevo” During The Bosnian War

Miss Besieged Sarajevo 1993

From 1992 to 1996, Serbian and Bosnian Serb forces besieged Bosnia’s capital city, Sarajevo, engaging in the longest and bloodiest siege of a capital city in modern warfare. Lasting three times longer than the Siege of Stalingrad, Serbs and Bosnian Serbs seeking to create a new Bosnian Serb state encircled the city and assaulted it with artillery, tanks and small arms. Nearly 14,000 people were killed during the siege, with nearly 40 percent of those killed civilians.

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