Right in the center of downtown St. Augustine stands a Moorish castle that looks like the Alhambra in Granada, Spain. Villa Zorayda Museum, built in 1883, was designed to be one-tenth the size of one wing of the fabled Spanish palace. Once home to wealthy Bostonian, Franklin W. Smith, Villa Zorayda was a casino and a speak easy before Abraham Mussallem bought it in 1913. Filled with art and antiques, the castle is still in the Mussallem
family. Attractions include the wonders of the Court of Lions, the Sultan’s Den, and the Harem Room. Inquire about the cat rug, but take care not to fall under the mummy’s curse.