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

Telecommunications Museum

Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Museo / Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum

The Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Museo (CCT) is a state of the art telecommunications museum. The interactive museum is a learning experience that shows the evolution of communications in the Dominican Republic from prehistory to the present.

Entrance to the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Mueso  Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum on Calle Isabel la Católica.
Entrance to the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Mueso Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum on Calle Isabel la Católica.

This unique museum is an interactive and multisensory museum where you can learn and experience with all your senses. It is good for all as an educational experience. Schools as well as families can visit and learn historical, cultural, social and technological knowledge. Visitors will learn about the past, present and future of telecommunications. The museum includes historical data about the origin and evolution of radio, television, telephone, computers, and the Internet in the Dominican Republic and around the world.


 

Back of the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Mueso  Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum from Plaza España.
Back of the Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Mueso Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum from Plaza España.

Built by El Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (INDOTEL), the Telecommuicaciones Museo opened its doors on July 18, 2011. The museum has 3 floors and a basement and four exhibition halls. There is a state-of-the-art auditorium, a media library with thousands of audiovisual documents, a temporary exhibition hall, an area for workshops, a store and cafeteria.


 

Visiting this museum one can learn the first forms of communication starting with prehistoric times continuing to the future of communications. Learn about the origin of writing, and the invention of the telegraph and the telephone (the evolution of telephones from 1920 to the present). Learn the history of Dominican radio and television and experience some of the most popular TV commercials. Marvel at the collection of robots and touch screen games, the origin and development of computers, and robotics.

Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Mueso  Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum back entrance.
Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones Mueso Cultural Center of Telecommunications Museum back entrance.

Visitors Information

Hours:
Open to the public from Tuesday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM. Saturday from 9 AM to 9 PM. Sundays from 10 AM to 5 PM. Some special exhibits have extended hours.

Contact:
809-633-3333 and 829-378-6251

Cost:
(2011) RD$200 for adults, RD$100 for children and US$10 for foreigners.


 

Location

Calle Isabel La Católica and Emiliano Tejera, Ciudad Colonial, Republíca Dominicana. The large building sits in front of Plaza España.

Statue of Cristóbal Colón

Statue of Cristóbal Colón

In the center of Parque Colón / Columbus Park in the historical Colonial Zone one can see the huge statue of Italian explorer and navigator “El Gran Almirante” Christopher Columbus / Cristóbal Colón who the park is named after. This bronze statue dates back from February 27, 1887. It is the work of French sculptor Ernest Gilbert.

The statue of “El Gran Almirante” Cristóbal Colón stands in the center of Parque Colón in front of the first cathedral of the Americas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
The statue of “El Gran Almirante” Cristóbal Colón stands in the center of Parque Colón in front of the first cathedral of the Americas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The controversial sculpture shows the native Taino Princess known as Anacaona writing Columbus’ name in gold. She is reaching towards Columbus standing atop the pillar in his arrogant glory. Some say that the half-naked indigenous woman who lies at his feet symbolizes the meeting of the two cultures, while others see her as a symbol of the abuse and mistreatment the native inhabitants were subjected to by the conquerors.

Anacaona, the famous Taino princess on the base of the sculpture of Christopher Columbus
Anacaona, the famous Taino princess on the base of the sculpture of Christopher Columbus

The monument of Columbus sits on a marble pedestal designed by Engineers Thomaset, Soler y Carranza. There is also a palm branch on the side of the pedestal with 4 ships protruding from each of the 4 corners of the pedestal. I have done much research and cannot find any information about these parts of the statue.

Close up of one of the ships that adorn the pedestal of the Cristobal Colón monument
Close up of one of the ships that adorn the pedestal of the Cristobal Colón monument


 

The plaque at the base of the monument reads:

Ilustre y Esclarecido Don Cristoval Colon
“Monumento escultorico en honor al gran almirante Don Cristobal Colon descubridor del nuevo mundo primer virrey y gobernador de AMERICA realizado por el artista Ernesto Gilbert inaugurado el 27 de febrero de 1887”

Illustrious and enlightened Sir Christopher Columbus.
“Sculptural monument in honor of the great admiral Don Cristobal Colon discoverer of the New World first viceroy and governor AMERICA by artist Gilbert Ernesto opened on February 27, 1887.”

The monument to the Grand Admiral Cristopher Columbus with his finger pointing northwest in the direction from which he came.
The monument to the Grand Admiral Cristopher Columbus with his finger pointing northwest in the direction from which he came.


 

Interesting Facts

*Columbus has his left arm extended to the northwest pointing in the direction of where he came from.

*There are no pictures of Columbus in existence. The way he looks is an artistic creation.

*To mention Christopher Columbus’s name is very unlucky. Instead of using his name, Dominicans call him “El Almirante” / “The Admiral.” (more superstitions and bad omens)

*It is a local joke that the statue of Montecinos, with his hand raised to his mouth, is yelling “¡Ladrone! ¡Ladrone! / Thief! Thief! ” and Columbus is pointing “¡Por ahí! ¡Por ahí! / Over there! Over there!”.

*Columbus Day is not celebrated in the Dominican Republic. October 12th is called Dia de la Raza / Day of the Races. It is to celebrate all persons, white, black and aborigines and how they mixed into one race.

*Columbus remains originally were located inside the Catedral de Santa María la Menor but were said to be moved to the newly built Faro Colón / Columbus Lighthouse. But some say his remains are in Spain. The controversy continues.

The shadow of the monument dedicated to Cristóbal Colón under a waning moon.
The shadow of the monument dedicated to Cristóbal Colón under a waning moon.

Location

You can see this monument dedicated to the Grand Admiral Cristobal Colón in Parque Colón on Calle el Conde in the center of the old section of the Colonial Zone.


 

Parque Colón-Columbus Park

Parque Colón / Columbus Park

Parque Colón, named after the Admiral Cristobal Colón, is one of the most popular parks in the Colonial Zone. The plaza is surrounded by historical buildings and restaurants. With its large trees and shaded benches, it is the perfect spot to sit, relax and watch people.

Parque Colón and the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in the Colonial Zone with its beautiful trees and benches for relaxing
Parque Colón and the Cathedral of Santo Domingo in the Colonial Zone with its beautiful trees and benches for relaxing

About Parque Colón | History | Interesting Facts | Location


 

About Parque Colón

Columbus Park is a large bricked park or plaza about 298 x 200 feet / 90 x 60 meters in size. It is located on the side of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. The beautiful large trees with cozy park benches make it feel like a little oasis in a big city.

The Plaza is surrounded by 3 streets, the pedestrian-only Calle el Conde, Isabel la Católica and Arzobispo Meriño. Some of the historical buildings surrounding the park include the Palacio Consistorial, The Palacio de Borgellá, and the First Cathedral in the Americas, The Catedral de Santo Domingo.

Parque Colón is usually full of tourists and locals enjoying their day
Parque Colón is usually full of tourists and locals enjoying their day

The park is a hangout for tourists and locals alike. You will see people snapping pictures, feeding the large flocks of pigeons, children playing with their parents looking on, lovers holding hands, people just sitting relaxing (maybe even taking a snooze) while enjoying the gentle breezes and the shade getting relief from the hot Dominican sun.


 

Columbus Park on a Saturday afternoon with everyone, even the dogs, enjoying the day.
Columbus Park on a Saturday afternoon with everyone, even the dogs, enjoying the day.

Because Parque Colón is a high traffic tourist area, there will be many vendors trying to sell you many different types of items. Maybe a CD of typical Dominican music, a rosary or some other trinket. There is normally a Marchanta selling snacks. There are always tour guides looking for guidees at a price. Taxi drivers will ask if you need a taxi as you pass by their stands. Maybe a shoeshine boy (limpia bota) will ask if you need a shine or give you a little flower and then ask you to pay for it. A local street dog could follow you, they can spot a tourist from a distance.

Parque Colón in 1914 and the Catedral Primada de Americas
Parque Colón in 1914 and the Catedral Primada de Americas

History

It is said that the location of this plaza originally was an important place for the native peoples, the Tainos, to gather. But that all changed when the Europeans showed up and “discovered” Hispaniola.

Originally the square reached from Calle Real (now called Calle El Conde), Calle de la Universidad (now Calle Padre Billini), Calle del Arzobispo (now Arzobispo Portes) and Calle de Santa Clara (now Isabel la Católica).

In 1514 they decided to place the Cathedral in more than half of the park. This included the Plazoleta de Los Curas, the Plazoleta Padre Billini, and the houses that faced Calle Padre Billini. In 1521 Bishop Alejandro Geraldini started building the Cathedral.

Parque Colón with the statue of Cristobal Colón and you can also see a fountain in Ciudad Trujillo 1936 - Image taken from the book Trujillo and His Work.
Parque Colón with the statue of Cristobal Colón and you can also see a fountain in Ciudad Trujillo 1936 – Image taken from the book Trujillo and His Work.

They made the original Plaza of earth and there were no trees. There was a water fountain in the center with water that was supplied from the original aqueducts of the city. The first tree was planted in the Plaza during the Haitian invasion in 1822. It was a palm called de la Libertad. After the country was free of Haitian rule, the plaza was improved and more trees were added.

The square was known as Plaza Mayor, named by Nicolás de Ovando in 1506. This plaza was also named Plaza de Armas. When the first Cathedral was completed in 1523 the name was again changed to Plaza de la Catedral. They installed the statue of the Grand Admiral Cristobal Colón, a creation of the French sculptor Ernest Gilbert unveiled on February 27, 1887, the plaza was baptized with the name of Parque Colón.

The plaza which was originally a grassy plot was eventually paved and benches and lanterns were added making it into the park we know and love today.

Reference:

https://repositorio.unphu.edu.do/bitstream/handle/123456789/2358/La%20plaza%20mayor%20de%20la%20ciudad%20colonial%20de%20Santo%20Domingo.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y

Parque Colón with the statue of Columbus and The Cathedral of Santo Domingo in the background.
Parque Colón with the statue of Columbus and The Cathedral of Santo Domingo in the background.


 

Interesting Facts:

*Parque Colón was voted one of the best in all the world…more info (https://www.colonialzone-dr.com/useless-trivia/#public-place).

*At one time there were working fountains on both sides of the park which have been filled in.

Columbus Park on a beautiful Sunday morning.
Columbus Park on a beautiful Sunday morning.

Location:

The park is located directly in front of the Catedral Santa Maria (the oldest cathedral in all Las Americas). On the other side of the park is Calle El Conde and streets Isabel la Católica and Arzobispo Meriño in the center of the old part of the Colonial City.