Fort George is considered as the most important historical structure in St. George’s for its part in all the political and military changes that have taken place on the Island over the last three hundred years. Fort George characterises the imagery of the classic period of European bastioned fortifications and includes the parade, two barracks, a guardroom, gunpowder magazine, water cistern, Sally port and firing galleries. Today, Fort George serves as the police headquarters with unmatched views of the Town of St. George and the ocean. Much of its elaborate colonial structure remains intact, and part of the pleasure of a visit is rambling around the passages and stairs of the ancient stone fortifications. Fort George still maintains a battery of old cannons, which are used on special occasions to fire off a resounding salute.