The Beautiful Bridge of Lions Spanning the Matanzas River
Although this bridge is not one of the original structures of the historical city of St. Augustine, it was constructed in keeping with the historic ambience and architectural style of the city distinguished as the oldest, European-established city in the United States. The St. Augustine Bridge, also known as The Bridge of Lions, was built in 1925 to replace a wooden toll bridge that used to be called The Bridge to Anastasia Island.
The Bridge of Lions is a bascule bridge, which is a drawbridge built with sections that are counterbalanced with weights and can be raised to let tall boats pass through as they travel down the Matanzas River and the Intracoastal Waterway. Although the bridge had to shut down for reconstruction for a few years, it was reopened in 2010 and the iconic stone lions restored to their rightful place.
More Notable Sites and Attractions in St. Augustine
In addition to the beautiful vista shown in this souvenir picture from Florida, there are quite a few other notable sights in the historic city. For instance, one of the many popular photo opportunities for visitors in St. Augustine is the view of the Bridge of Lions as seen from the Castillo de San Marcos, an ancient Spanish fort built in 1672.
Another lovely sight is the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, which is an impressive church constructed with coquina stone in the late 1700s and is still in use today for religious services. The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is a beautiful and interesting place to visit and explore. A couple of other historic landmarks include the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse and the Oldest House, as well as the ancient King's Bakery.