Category Archives: Monuments of Colonial Zone

Monuments of Colonial Zone

Buildings/Edificios – Monuments/Monumentos

PALACIO VIRREINAL ALCÁZAR DE COLÓN / COLUMBUS ROYAL PALACE
CASA CABALLERO
CASA DE BASTIDAS
CASA DE JUAN VILORIA
CASA DE LOS DÁVILA / CAPILLA DE LOS REMEDIOS
CASA DE LOS JESUITAS
CASA DE LAS GÁRGOLAS
CASA DE LOS MEDALLONES
CASA DEL CORDÓN
CASA DEL SACRAMENTO
CASA DEL TAPAO
CASA DEL TOSTADO
CASA DE LAS ACADEMIAS
CASA HERNÁN CORTÉS
CASA REALES AND MUSEO
COLEGIO DE GORJÓN
COLONIAL CULVERTS
COLUMBUS PALACE
MONTECINO THE MAN AND MONUMENT
PALACIO CONSISTORIAL
PALACIO DE BORGELLÁ
SUN DIAL
RUINS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO MONASTERY
RUINAS HOSPITAL SAN NICOLÁS DE BARI
PUERTA DE LA MISERICORDIA / DOOR OF MERCY

*Monuments from old html web site not yet added to the new site:

Altar de la Patria/ Altar of the Nation
Atarazanas (Las)/ The Atarazanas
Puerta el Conde/ Door of the Conde
Puerta de las Atarazans
Puerta de San Diego/ Gate of St. James
Residencia de Ovando/ Governor Nicolás Ovando’s Residence

CHURCHES / IGLESIAS

CAPILLA DE LA TERCERA ORDEN DOMINICA
CASA DE LOS DÁVILA / CAPILLA DE LOS REMEDIOS
CATEDRAL DE SANTO DOMINGO
CHAPEL OF THE ROSARY
ERMITA DE SAN ANTÓN
IGLESIA ALTAGRACIA
IGLESIA – FUERTE SANTA BARBARA
IGLESIA LAS MERCEDES
IGLESIA LOS DOMINICOS
IGLESIA NUESTRA SEÑORA DEL CARMEN
IGLESIA REGINA ANGELORUM
IGLESIA SAN LAZARO
IGLESIA DE SANTA CLARA
LA CAPILLA DE SAN ANDRÉS
LAS MERCEDES
CAPILLA DE LA TERCERA ORDEN FRANCISCANA
IGLESIA DE SAN MIGUEL
PANTEÓN NACIONAL / NATIONAL PANTHEON

FORTS AND FORTALEZAS

Fortaleza Ozama
Inside The Walls of the Fortaleza Ozama
FUERTE CARINA AND ANGULO
FUERTE SAN GIL
IGLESIA – FUERTE SANTA BARBARA
FUERTE AND PARQUE SAN JOSÉ
FUERTE DE LA CONCEPCIÓN

*Forts from old html web site not yet added to the new site:

Fuerte Invencible
Fuerte de la Caridad/ Fort of Charity
Fuerte de San Anton
Fuerte de San Lazaro
Fuerte de San Miguel

MUSEUMS/MUSEOS

CASA DE BASTIDAS – Trampolín, Museo Infantil
CASA DEL TOSTADO – Museo de la Familia Dominicano
CASA DE LOS MEDALLONES – Museo Numismático Dominicano
COLEGIO DE GORJÓN – Centro Cultural de España
CASA REALES AND MUSEO
COLUMBUS PALACE – MUSEO ALCAZAR DE COLÓN

*Museos from old html web site not yet added to the new site:

Amber World Museum
Larimar Factory
Larimar Museum
Museo del Tabaco/ The Tobacco Museum
Museo Naval de las Atarazanas/ Naval Museum of the Atarazanas
Museo de la Porcelana/ Museum of Porcelain
Museo de Juan Pablo Duarte/ Museum of Juan Pablo Duarte
Memorial Museum of Dominican Resistance / El Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana
Museo del Ron y la Caña / Museum of Rum and Sugar Cane
Museum of Telecommunications / Museo de las Telecomunicaciones (CCT)

PARKS AND PLAZAS

CEIBA DE COLON
PARQUE PLAZA MARIA TRINIDAD SANCHEZ
PLAZA DE LA POESÍA
PARQUE PELLERANO CASTRO – PARQUE ROSADO
FUERTE AND PARQUE SAN JOSÉ
Playa Placer de los Estudios
Cementerio Nacional de la Avenida Independencia/ National Cemetery Avenue Independencia (Picture album – Cementerio Nacional)
Plaza Bartolomé de las Casas

*Parks and Plazas from old html web site not yet added to the new site:

Malecón – The seaside road
Parque Colón/ Columbus Park
Parque Duarte
Parque Independencia/ Independence Park
Plaza de España or Plaza de Armas
Plaza María de Toledo
Plaza at Ermita de San Anton and Fort San Francisco
Plazoleta Padre Billini
Plazoleta y Callejónde los Curas/ Plaza and Alley of the Cures

STATUES
Poet Julia de Burgos
MONTECINO THE MAN AND MONUMENT
The Statue of General Matías Ramón Mella
Ornamental Fountain Monument
Monument to the Japanese Agricultural Immigration

STREETS/CALLES
CALLE EL CONDE
CALLE LAS DAMAS
CALLE HOSTOS

Museum of Porcelain

Museo de la Porcelana/ Museum of Porcelain

The Museum of Porcelain in the Colonial Zone, Dominican Republic is an institution dedicated to the preservation, history, exhibition and science of pottery art. It contains many original pieces of porcelain from all over the world The privately run museum is the only porcelain museum in all of Latin America.

Museo de la Porcelana Museum of Porcelain in Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Museo de la Porcelana Museum of Porcelain in Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The Museo de la Porcelana opened its doors in July 1989. There are 10 different galleries in the museum. Each gallery holds examples of ceramic art from various eras and countries. Exhibits include ancient pieces from before the colonial era and valuable porcelain pieces from China, England, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, and the United States.

Included in the exhibits are a fascinating collection of porcelain dolls, figurines and dishes. There is even a collection of ceramic cats in the collection. All in a magnificently kept environment, including tree-lined interior patios, reflecting pool and a beautiful balcony. You will also find a library, a repair and restoration workshop, and spaces for cultural and artistic events.

Museo de la Porcelana interior
Museo de la Porcelana interior

Some pieces in the collection consist of items from the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de la Constitución / Our Lady of the Constitution that sank in 1641 after a storm in the waters of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.

Many of the items in the Porcelain Museum were donated by the museums’ founder, Violeta Martínez López, who passed away in 2016 at 87 years of age. The museum is now kept up by The Violeta Martinez Foundation Inc. The highly informative staff will guide you through the fascinating museum and its galleries.

Museo de la Porcelana interior fountain and reflecting pool
Museo de la Porcelana interior fountain and reflecting pool

The Building

The house was built in 1920, for the Lebron Morales family. It is modeled after the Alhambra Palace in Grenada, Spain.

The courtyard is so tranquil with its reflecting pool. The building has beautifully scalloped arches with ceramic details in an Arabic-Spanish style. The house was donated by the Vicini Cabral family for use as the Museo de la Porcelana.

Museo de la Porcelana / Porcelain Museum beautifully tiled balcony
Museo de la Porcelana / Porcelain Museum beautifully tiled balcony

Hours and Entrance Cost

Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday. Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Cost: RD $100 per person and RD $50 for children and students with I.D.

Contact: 809-688-4759

Directions

Calle Jose Reyes #6, Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. It is on Jose Reyes between Padre Billini and Arz. Nouel not far from the Church and Convent of Regina Angelorum.

Interesting Facts

Violeta Martínez was sent by her family in exile to New York after she was imprisoned for the first time with her friend Minerva Mirabal. There she learned about the restoration of ceramics as her love for all things ceramic grew.

Casa de Teatro

Casa de Teatro

A group of friends got together and wanted to open something different and in 1974 Casa de Teatro was born. Art exhibitions, live music from local and international musicians, theater, poets, dancers and just about any type of entertainment or art you could imagine. All under one roof.

At Casa de Teatro you will find people of all ages enjoying the cultural and art activities. They offer a wide variety of art and entertainment. There is always something happening at the Casa. Be it an art display, some great music or an original play, the Casa de Teatro has it. The bar and interior patio has an atmosphere that is always very casual and welcoming.

Art display at Casa de Teatro
Art display at Casa de Teatro

“La cultura somos todos.” / We are all cultures.

They describe themselves as a “House of photography, plastic arts, poets, puppeteers, folk groups, classical ballet, experimental music, home of workshops of all kinds, political dissidents, of writers and movie lovers. The Casa is open to anyone who seeks a space to be and dream.”

Hours

The gallery hours are:
*Monday thru Thursday: 9AM to 1PM then again opening at 2:30PM until 2AM
*Friday: 9AM to 1PM then again opening at 2:30PM until 3AM.
*Saturday: 9AM to 1PM and again 5PM until 12midnight.
Sunday: Closed

Contact: 809-689-3430 and 809-686-7840

Location

Walking from Calle el Conde at Palacio Consistorial turn right towards the sea onto Arzobispo Meriño. Go 2 blocks, past Calle Padre Billini. The Casa de Teatro on Arz. Meriño #110, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo

Find them on Facebook to see announcements of their many activities

http://www.casadeteatro.org/

Faro San Souci Punta Torrecilla

Lighthouse / Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla

The Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla is located near the entrance to the port of Santo Domingo at Rio Ozama on the South Coast of Dominican Republic. The yellow and black lighthouse stands at the tip of the park Punta Torrecilla on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea. The lighthouse can be seen from many points around the city.

The Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla in Santo Domingo sits on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea
The Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla in Santo Domingo sits on the coral cliffs of the Caribbean Sea

The Faro

The original lighthouse in this location was built around 1853. It was deactivated and demolished in 1967. The present Black and Yellow Faro located on the point was built in 1986. It is very similar in appearance to the Survivors Lighthouse on the North Coast in Puerta Plata.

The yellow and black lighthouse on the point at Punta Torrecilla
The yellow and black lighthouse on the point at Punta Torrecilla

The pyramid-like concrete tower is 125 feet tall. The entire height, including the light, is 135 feet tall. Faro Sans Souci sends out a blinking white light beacon with a view range of 13 nautical miles. The lighthouse is used as a navigational aid for entrance into the Port of Santo Domingo. The Faro San Souci sits on a terrain about 7 meters above sea level.

Fishermen lining the cliffs at the Punta Torrecilla
Fishermen lining the cliffs at the Punta Torrecilla

Punta Torrecilla Park

From the vantage point of the park at Punta Torrecilla, there is a beautiful view of the city of Santo Domingo and Avenida George Washington also known as the Malecon. There are usually people fishing off the coral cliffs. Sit, relax and watch the many ships bringing and leaving with their loads. Many Cruise Ships and the Ferry from Puerto Rico come and go from the Puerto Santo Domingo. The ports include Puerto San Souci and Puerto Don Diego.

Broken walkways surrounding the park at the Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla
Broken walkways surrounding the park at the Faro San Souci at Punta Torrecilla

The park was at one time had beautiful walkways along the coral cliffs where the waves of the turquoise Caribbean Sea broke. Now the paths are broken and most lay in rubble. The park is usually littered with trash from people picnicking under the palm trees. Local youths like to swim off the cliffs which can be dangerous. Swimming is prohibited here during popular Dominican holidays because of the hazards. It is visited by police and military off and on, trying to keep the area safe. It is OK to visit during the daylight but I would highly advise against visiting after dark. It is a lonely and quiet place where derelicts and bad humans frequent.

The view of the Faro rising above the trees as seen from Avenida España coming from the Airport.
The view of the Faro rising above the trees as seen from Avenida España coming from the Airport.

Location

The Park of Punta Torrecilla, where the Faro sits, is located in Los Mameyes, Santo Domingo Este along Avenida España on the property of the Naval Base 27 de Febrero. Academia Naval / Naval Academy is located across the street and the Club De Oficiales De La Marina De Guerra / Navy Officers Club is next door. Coming into Santo Domingo from the airport the park sits on the left before you enter the city.

The view of the mouth of Rio Ozama at the Caribbean Sea with the Faro San Souci in the distance. Picture is taken from Playita Montecino at the Malecon in Colonial Zone.
The view of the mouth of Rio Ozama at the Caribbean Sea with the Faro San Souci in the distance. Picture is taken from Playita Montecino at the Malecon in Colonial Zone.