National Monument Florida
The Tower at Matanzas
Coquina shell rock was quarried south of the inlet and transported to the building site by boat where the rough chunks were squared into blocks. Originally, the entire fort was plastered and whitewashed with perhaps red trim on some of the architectural elements such as the garita.
The small opening on the west embrasure was the "door" to the fort. Soldiers would climb a removable wooden ladder to reach the gun deck. If needed, a cannon could be moved to point through this opening just like the one on the east side of the gun deck. Today, sturdy stairs allow easy access for visitors to the fort.