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Old 08-21-2019, 07:26 AM
 
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Torre BHD

BHD is an acronym for Banco Hipotecario Dominicano and is one of the oldest and major banks of the Dominican Republic. A few years ago the owners of this bank bought Banco León (Lion) and merged the two banks becoming Banco BHD León. The complex consist of two buildings built in the 1970s in the Brutalist style. One building is considerably taller than the other one, but both have an interesting design. At the time it was built there was a giant rotonda, but it was destroyed in the late 1990s to make way for the long tunnel, the Búlevar de la 27 de Febrero, and the modern intersection. Santo Domingo was also a very low lying and smaller city with the Brutalist high rises encompassing the scant skyline. The to the original buildings is right next to a new expansion of the bank. The expansion was built in the Postmodern style and has an obvious orange color. Behind the addition is a new parking lot building that also belongs to the bank. At the time of the photothey were giving the final touches to the building housing the expansion.













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Old 08-21-2019, 01:19 PM
 
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Metro de Santo Domingo

The Metro de Santo Domingo is the mostly underground railroad that connects the Santo Domingo Metropolitan Area. Currently it has two lines of a total of six that is planned. The first line was inaugurated in 2008 and inspired many leaders through out Latin America to send delegations and study the Metro de Santo Domingo. Cities such as Panamá decided to plan and construct there own metro system while other cities such as Lima decided to finish their metro after visiting and seeing the Metro de Santo Domingo. During the construction of the initial line it received much help from the Metro de Madrid in Spain. In fact, many stations in Santo Domingo look similar to the ones in Madrid, except the Santo Domingo stations are more colorful. The trains, which were built in France, have the same design of the Metro de Barcelona, also in Spain.


Metro de Santo Domingo as has been built for now. (http://metrosantodomingo.com/mapa-me...o-domingo.html)


Entrances and exits from the Metro de Santo Domingo.


The Juan Pablo Duarte Station is where both current lines meet.


The Centro de los Héroes Station includes a museum dedicated to the heroes killed in the Trujillo dictatorship.


The simplest entrance/exits tend to look like this.


A woman with a crew rides and ask questions to passengers about the Metro de Santo Domingo.
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Old 08-21-2019, 07:24 PM
 
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Tunnels of Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo has the most vehicular tunnels of any city in the Caribbean. There are three particular tunnels in the city of Santo Domingo with aspects that makes them unique in the region and record breaking.

The city has a pedestrian tunnel that connects the Casa Sacramento with the Catedral Santa María La Menor, the Oldest Cathedral in the New World. It's believed to be the first tunnel ever built in the Western Hemisphere. Unfortunately, there are no photos or video of this tunnel probably due to not being open to the public. Its still in use by the Archbishop, Priests, etc of the cathedral. This tunnel has existed for around 500 years.


The 27 de Febrero Tunnel is the third longest tunnel in the Caribbean and is located in the geographic center of the city. It was built in the second half of the 1990's and on its sides has certain drawings. The tunnel starts on 2:35 more or less.


The UASD Tunnel is the newest one in the city, built over a decade ago, and the longest tunnel in the Caribbean. This tunnel only has two lanes going towards the south where the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) is located, connecting avenida Ortega y Gasset with avenida Santo Tomás de Aquino. Aside from its length and that it meanders, the other aspect of this tunnel is that its curved while other vehicular tunnels in Santo Domingo have a more square appearance.


The Las Americas Tunnel is in Santo Domingo Este municipality in the metropolitan area. The metropolitan area has several tunnels scattered in various cities as well. This is the second longest tunnel in the Caribbean and is divided with a wall between, with two lanes heading east and two lanes heading west.

There are other tunnels in other areas of the DR, but none are longer than the three shown of Santo Domingo.
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Old 08-23-2019, 12:04 PM
 
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Plazoleta de Benito Juárez

Benito Juárez is a national hero in Mexico. It should be said that for many years Santo Domingo depended on Mexico City for its situado, during the 1600's arrival of boats from Mexico meant a public celebration in Santo Domingo, quite literally. Mexico has been an ally of the Dominican Republic, and that is a main reason it has a street named after that place in Santo Domingo (it goes from a rundown to a decent areas, though most of the avenue is in decent neighborhoods. The plazoleta consist of a statue dedicated to the Mexican hero. Above the statues wave in the wind the flags of the Dominican Republic and of Mexico.

On Santo Domingo's waterfront is a giant statue remembering the Spanish priest Antonio de Montesinos. Not only was he the first to defend the indians of America, but in the early 1500's he lived in Santo Domingo and gave a sermon that today would be considered an act of human rights. The Monumento a Antonio de Montesinos was a gift from Mexico to the Dominican Republic in the 1980's.

Older Dominicans are well versed on old Mexican music, often times know all the lyrics of many Mexican songs. The reason for this is that much of the XX Century the radio stations used to play much more often Mexican music. Mexican food and modern Mexican singers (for example, its rare when a Dominican woman doesn't know the lyrics of some of the songs of Ana Gabriel), telenovelas, writers, etc continue to be very popular in the Dominican Republic. Whenever Mexican writers are promoting and signing their books in Santo Domingo, shortly they become bestsellers. Whenever Mexican singers hold concerts in the Dominican Republic, shortly the tickets are sold out. In fact, Mexican singers will be heard in many Dominican radio stations. Mexican foods is popular as well (real Mexican food and Tex-Mex types). Needless to say, Mexico in general and Mexico City in particular continue to have a huge influence on many sectors of Dominican society.



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Old Yesterday, 04:38 PM
 
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Pedestrian Bridges

One of the nice things of the Santo Domingo Metropolitan Area is varied pedestrian bridges. There are other nicely designed pedestrian bridges throughout the DR (sometimes they are impressive structures, the one that comes to mind is in Santiago and looks like a see through tunnel above to avenue), but nowhere is there a greater concentration than in Greater Santo Domingo. The architectural design is native Dominican architects, although they have almost entirely an international influence. Sometimes the design is as simple as a different style bars on the side and at other times the difference is quite obvious. Except on national holidays and on Sundays, Santo Domingo suffers of traffic jams on several avenues and areas, which makes admiring the design of these bridges one of the focuses of attention. The following images is a sample of some of the pedestrian bridges in Santo Domingo. Most of these bridges were built in the last 20 years or so.

It has to be the Caribbean city with the most pedestrian bridges with a nice design, something that is unknown to most residents of the city. The DR in general probably has the nicest pedestrian bridges of any country in Central America and the Caribbean. If the government wanted it could had built a simple slab with support columns and the same simple bars on the sides, but instead built them with different designs.



















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