“the largest masonry structure in the Americas”
Fort Jefferson is a massive but unfinished coastal fortress. It is the largest masonry structure in the Americas, and is composed of over 16 million bricks. The Dry Tortugas are part of Monroe County, Florida, United States. The fort is located on Garden Key in the lower Florida Keys within the Dry Tortugas National Park, about 70 miles (110 km) west of the island of Key West. On January 4, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who visited the area by ship, designated the area as Fort Jefferson National Monument. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on November 10, 1970. On October 26, 1992 the Dry Tortugas, including Fort Jefferson, was established as a National Park. The islands still do not exhibit any standing fresh water or even seasonal streams, hence the name "dry". Owing to the potential difficulties of survival in such conditions, one of these islands was used as the location for filming a military survival film used to train aircraft personnel.
Historic, beautiful, Fort Jefferson is a masterpiece on its own!
Not very cheap to get there. I took the ferry on my own, enjoyed the breakfast and although it took a bit long to get there it was totally worth the wait! This place makes you think of the history and become part of it.
I was satisfied by the staff, but the ferry was full of people and this led to the lack of privacy and peace. Luckily, when we arrived everyone was amused by the place and peace became the focal point for all us visitors.
Next time the whole family is going as well.
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