Martello Tower

View of a turret from below.

The Prince of Wales Tower, in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax is the oldest Martello tower in North America. It was built in 1796. For history buffs, there is nothing more exotic than standing in a place of time that has seen so many different activties, in its life span. I am glad I am not the soldier that stood here 250 years ago, in a cold, damp environment, with a wary eye out to sea. Likewise, that soldier may not have believed the existence of a peaceful park, on and around his fortification 250 years later. Our day-to-day lives would not be comprehensible to the other. And yet, the tower still stands! There are angles, and artwork, and perspectives to record. This old stone has survived hurricanes, bullets, and canon fire… and probably has many stories to tell.


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