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Monument of The States

Monument of The States

Before the theme parks central Florida had the "Monument of States", a monolith built of rock and concrete in celebration of the USA.
The monument was the brainchild of Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, a local tourist booster who wanted to show the solidarity of the states after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Construction began in 1942 and continued over the years. While the theme parks drew attention away from the monument, it was refurbished in 2001. A local park has grown around the monument and attracts both locals and tourists alike.
All 50 states as well as several foreign countries are part of the monument and surrounding walkways. It is well worth a side trip if visiting the Orlando area.

Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis Cemetery

Located outside the walls of Fort San Felipe del Morro, Santa Maria Magdalena de Pazzis is central to the traditional Puerto Rican beliefs of the separation of life and death. Construction began in 1863 and it’s location was selected to symbolize the spirit’s journey over the Atlantic Ocean. Many prominent citizens are interred in the cemetery. Today it is a national landmark and a popular tourist attraction. On this day clouds shadowed the city beyond, but let bright sunshine highlight the cemetery.

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