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Old 07-27-2019, 07:12 AM
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Puerta del Conde & Puerta de la Misericordia

These are the two main gates to enter the Ciudad Colonial from the west. Puerta del Conde de Peñalva, known simply as Puerta del Conde, is the main door to the city and a few blocks south is Puerta de la Misericordia. Many famous men from history pass through these doors. From Sir Francis Drakes invasion in 1586 to Toussaint Loverture, Napoleon's Army, Spanish governors, British and American generals, etc. On Puerta de la Misericordia is also known for being the spot where many Dominican men united to declare the independence of the Dominican Republic. The event included firing into the air a rifle. People didn't know it then, but this spark a war that lasted 12 years and several more armed invasions from Haiti. Parts of the original walls and military forts built by the Spanish in the 1500s is still standing around the Ciudad Colonial including the western side.


Puerta del Conde has been the main entrance to original Santo Domingo for most of the city's existance.


Puerta de la Misericordia is completely closed off to vehicular and pedestrian traffics. This is the place where the Dominican Republic came into existence by putting to action a plan that existed and was perfected for many years. By this time Juan Pablo Duarte, the leading guy in the plan, was exiled to Caracas, Venezuela hiding from the Haitian army that looked for him everywhere in modern DR in order to kill him.
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Old 07-27-2019, 07:44 AM
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Museo de Cera Juan Pablo Duarte

A museum where many events and people that were fighting for the liberation of the Dominican people are made of wax statues and settings. The building itself is the original home of the Duarte Díez family, the one that Juan Pablo Duarte belong to. The father was born in Jerez de la Frontera in southern Spain (there is a statue of Juan Pablo Duarte in that town and another one in a traffic circle in Seville) and immigrated to Santo Domingo and became a merchant; his mother was Dominican from El Seibo. He is quoted as saying that he admired the Haitian people as they fought for their liberation, but how is it possible that a nation that loves liberty so much would prevent so vehemently the Dominican people from being free themselves. It was a contradiction too great to not notice. It is said that he decided to devote the rest of his life to the liberation of the Dominican people after in a boat to New York the tripulation humiliated him by saying right to his face that the Dominican people don't deserve to call themselves that when the Haitians rule over them. He had a Haitian passport, but said that he was Dominican. Their laughter and made-fun-of marked him for the rest of his life. One of his brothers was born in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico because for a time the Duarte Díez family had retired to that island when the Haitian forces invaded Santo Domingo for the first time. They return after Santo Domingo was again ruled by the Spanish authorities. It must be said that the Dominican people never learn French (whether ruled by the French or the Haitians), refused to pay the debt Haiti promised to pay the French for their slaves, resented that the oldest university of the New World was closed after the Haitian leader said he will not close it, continue practicing the Dominican culture in hiding of the Haitian authorities, and became even more into the Catholic faith as a way of refuged themselves. Basically, everything that they knew was being destroyed against their will and the Spanish structures reminded them of an era when things such as speaking Spanish was not a defiance and traditions by the Dominicans were not actively trying to be destroyed and replaced by the authorities. In practice there was no rights for the Dominican people, because the Haitian army could do to the Dominicans whatever they want and there was no repercussions at all. Many people also asked themselves why the Haitian army treated them like this when the Dominican population supported the Haitian slave revolt (as can be seen in many episodes, such as the Spanish lead invasion of the town of Fort Dauphin today Fort Liberté in Haiti, the leaders were all Spanish/Dominicans while the body was made up of former slaves of the French that sought refuge in the Spanish territory and during the invasion the former slaves took revenge on their master with the Spanish doing nothing to help the French), runaway slaves from the west was given their freedom as soon their feet touched Spanish land and automatically became subjects of the King of Spain, the vast majority of the people were free including most people of color, etc.


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Old 07-27-2019, 09:02 AM
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Calle Macorís

This small street is residential, but it is known for being entirely shaded by many mature trees and that is its main attraction. In the Ciudad Colonial shaded streets such as this are a rarity. It also has colorful homes in its entirety in the Spanish style. This street also doesn't have sidewalks, which is the way Santo Domingo was until the 1900s when sidewalks were created in what then was the whole city but today is Ciudad Colonial and Ciudad Nueva.







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Old 07-27-2019, 12:36 PM
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Colegio Dominicano de Ingenieros, Arquitectos y Agrimensores

The Colegio Dominicano de Ingenieros, Arquitectos y Agrimensores or CODIA for short, is the main body for engineers, architects, and surveyors in the Dominican Republic. A person can't refer to themselves or work as any of these professions without being approved and a member of CODIA. The organization has offices and social clubs in various areas of the country. The main building in Santo Domingo has a very nice and unique facade with balconies, arches, and caryatids.

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Museo de la Catedral

The Cathedral Museum has many artifacts ranging from paintings to sculptures and other findings that through the centuries have been given to the Oldest Cathedral of the New World. Many of these are the first of their kind in the Americas. The works of art spans many centuries. The building's facade was redone a few years ago. Above its three doors are sculpted the heads of the three fathers of the country and above that the country's coat of arms. The doors and windows are also unique in the city and in front were placed some figures from colonial times. Originally the building was the old royal jail of the city.

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Old 07-27-2019, 05:29 PM
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Faro a Colón

Inaugurated in 1992 during the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus arrival to the New World and with a mass from the Catholic Pope John Paul II. The monument-masoleum has a museum of all the countries in the Western Hemisphere with artifacts they donated for this project. There is also on display reproductions of Christopher Columbus' letters. In the center of the structure (not its geographic center) is the Tomb of Christopher Columbus, Admiral of the Sea and the first Spanish governor of the island of Santo Domingo. He was better guiding a Spanish galleon than as governor of the island. He was taken back to Spain in chains and over there faced a trial.

The structure itself was designed by a young English professional in the first half of the XX Century. It is in the shape of a cross symbolizing the Christian endeavor of Columbus (he introduced the Catholic faith in the New World). On special ocassions a big light is turn on outlining the cross structure in the sky above, but recently they added flood lights on the monuments' outside walls. The structure is nominally also a lighthouse symbolizing his experience as a navigator. The monument is not in Santo Domingo proper but in another municipality within the metro area, close to the capital of the country. There is a small model of the Faro a Colón in the Knight of Columbus in New Haven, Connecticut.

Christopher Columbus demanded in his will to be buried in Santo Domingo. His body was brought to Santo Domingo by María de Toledo in the early 1500s and remained in the city until 1795 when supposedly they were moved to La Habana, Cuba by the Spanish authorities. In 1877 the Catholic authorities in Santo Domingo's Cathedral discovered a hidden temple and a box with the inscriptions in gold letters "Admiral of the Sea, Don Christopher Columbus". The church asked the consuls of several countries to be witnesses to opening the box. It was open and a few bones were found inside, but the box was dropped before closing and some consuls got some of the bones, among them the Consul of Italy and the Consul of Spain. Both sent their bones to the respective countries. From that day forward it was thought that the Spanish authorities took the wrong box to La Habana and the real bones of Columbus still lay in Santo Domingo. An official tomb was made for the box containing Christopher Columbus' remains and placed at the entrance of the Oldest Cathedral of the New World. In 1992 that tomb was moved in a procession to the Faro a Colón.

At the main cathedral in Seville, Spain they have another Tomb to Christopher Columbus. They always claim that when Cuba got its independence the remains they got from La Habana is the real bones of Christopher Columbus.








Tomb of Christopher Columbus


The city of Santo Domingo de Guzmán is visible from the place.


The monument was subject to maintenance very recently. The grounds aren't watered, so when a dry season hits the city the grass turns brown.



The other Tomb of Christopher Columbus in Seville, Spain.

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Old 07-28-2019, 07:24 AM
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Coliseo Carlos Teo Cruz

In this arena they do international competitions that is television aired in several Latin countries plus the USA. The sport matches range from boxing to basketball and other indoor competition. Carlos Teo Cruz, popularly they drop the 'Carlos' name and always mention Teo which is short for Teófilo, was a famous Dominican boxer that won many championships. Santo Domingo actually has several coliseums, but this is the major one.


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Coliseo Carlos Teo Cruz
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Old 07-28-2019, 09:00 AM
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Sambil Santo Domingo

Sambil is a Venezuelan shopping mall chain. They have most of their malls in several Venezuelan cities, but a few years ago decided they needed to expand to other expanding markets in Latin America. They built a few newer malls, including one in Curacao, with the Sambil Santo Domingo being its largest mall outside Venezuela. The shopping mall has a giant tank near its entrance and an aquarium that is quite interesting, unlike other aquariums. It also has an interesting main entrance. The movie theater here is the Dominican brand Palacio del Cine. They were or are going to build another mall in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Plaza Las Américas mall owners has stalled Sambil Puerto Rico for several years with multiple lawsuits. Sambil Santo Domingo also has an Aliss department store, a Venezuelan company that has also internationalized their expansion. The DR now has several Aliss stores nationwide.















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Old 07-28-2019, 01:14 PM
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Museo de la Dignidad

The Dignity Museum has a few collections of many people that fought the dictator Trujillo. Among its main artifacts is the electric chair used for torturing the captors during the dictatorship.

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Old 07-28-2019, 01:37 PM
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Convento de Santa Clara

The Saint Clare Convent isn't open to the public, but it dates to the 1500s. A few years ago I met via the internet a descendant of the French that made it to New Orleans in Louisiana, USA. The guy didn't know at that time that the Convento de Santa Clara in Santo Domingo, where one of his direct ancestors was born, still stands. Originally the family was a planter in Saint Domingue (modern Haiti) and made it to Santo Domingo when the slaves revolted in the west. They left the island a short years after the ancestor was born in Santo Domingo and made it to New Orleans. The family lives scattered in several suburbs of that city. Unlike most tourists that glance at these walls, his visit to Santo Domingo and seeing the Convento de Santa Clara with his own eyes was a more special occasion.

At that time I became aware that many families that fled colonial Haiti eventually settled in and around New Orleans, where the families still live. Charleston in South Carolina is another place that received many families from there. Some people from Haiti became close friends of leading people in the USA, such as Thomas Jefferson. Their experiences were major influencers of the racial policies adopted in the United States, such as racial segregation. A good example is Peter Stephen Chazotte. During the revolution he fled to the New York City area, where many of his descendants lives to this day (especially the suburbs of northern New Jersey and many towns in Westchester County, New York), and wrote a book of his experience in Haiti and the massacres of the whites that he witnessed "Historical Sketches of the Revolutions and the Foreign and Civil Wars in the Island of Santo Domingo". Mr Chazotte was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson and sent him a letter that is still conserved. His tomb is in the main historical cemetery of Jersey City, New Jersey. The New York City skyline is visible from many places in that place.

There is also another one by the name of Jerome-something. He built a mansion on Manhattan that still stands near Harlem, at that time a rural area. He was also from colonial Haiti and the house can be visited, for anyone interested. The house is separated from other structures by much greenery on all of its sides.


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