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Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco

 
 
Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
1. Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco Marker
Inscription. The set of masks that decorate this fountain was a gift to the City of St. Augustine by its sister city in Spain, the City of Avilés, birthplace of Pedro Menéndez, founder of St. Augustine in 1565.

Presented in 2005 to the people of St. Augustine by the Mayor of Avilés, the Hon. Santiago Rodríguez Vega, the masks form part of the historic and cultural monuments that occupy the grounds of the Visitor Information Center.

The masks are reproductions of the six faces that serve as water spouts for the municipal fountain or caños in the San Francisco neighborhood of Avilés, the Caños de San Francisco is one of that city's most renowned historic landmarks.

Since the early twentieth century, St. Augustine and Avilés have maintained close ties, exchanging gifts and visits by citizens, public officials and students. In the 1920s, Avilés gave St. Augustine the casket and burial headboard of Pedro Menéndez and in 1972 a statue of the founder, which since then has stood before the front entrance to City Hall. In 1997, St. Augustine donated the anchor of the seventeenth century Spanish treasure ship, Nuestra Señora de Atocha, to the Anchor Museum Philippe Cousteau, on the Asturian coast near Avilés.
 
Erected by City of St. Augustine.
 
Location.
Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
2. Fuente de los Caños de San Francisco Marker
29° 53.904′ N, 81° 18.867′ W. Marker is in St. Augustine, Florida, in Saint Johns County. Marker is on Cordova Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Augustine FL 32084, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Spanish Trail Zero Milestone (a few steps from this marker); Public Burying Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); Huguenot Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); The Cubo Line (within shouting distance of this marker); Los Floridanos (within shouting distance of this marker); Santo Domingo Redoubt (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Santo Domingo Redoubt (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Augustine.
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Fountain and Masks image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 1, 2011
3. Fountain and Masks
Mask 1 detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 21, 2016
4. Mask 1 detail
Mask 2 detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 21, 2016
5. Mask 2 detail
Mask 3 detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 21, 2016
6. Mask 3 detail
Mask 4 detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 21, 2016
7. Mask 4 detail
Mask 5 detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 21, 2016
8. Mask 5 detail
Mask 6 detail image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, December 21, 2016
9. Mask 6 detail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 30, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 576 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 30, 2011, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.   4, 5, 6. submitted on December 21, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7, 8, 9. submitted on December 25, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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