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

Museo La Resistencia Dominicana / Dominican Resistance Museum

Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana / Memorial Museum of the Dominican Resistance

The Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana logo
The Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana logo

“The Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana is an educational tool to present the legacy of Dominicans for the present and future generations a world of union of a society based on the culture of Peace, tolerance, truth, justice and respect for rights. / The Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana es una herramienta educativa sobre el legado de los dominicanos a las presentes y futuras generaciones del mundo en su consolidación de una sociedad basada en la cultura de la Paz, la tolerancia, la verdad, la justicia y el respeto a los derechos.”

Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana / Memorial Museum of the Dominican Resistance, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana / Memorial Museum of the Dominican Resistance, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana

The museum has an amazing collection of historical learning tools and information about the horrific era of the reign and Presidency of General Rafael Leónidas Trujillo Molina. It has the most complete collection of the story of this terrible time in Dominican history. It is a learning experience for all ages. The museum also has many special events for adults and children. Check their FaceBook page for information.

School children visiting the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana
School children visiting the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana

You will learn about the moving and informative history of those who gave their lives to fight against the dictatorship Trujillo. The strong men and women who became martyrs to keep this country free.

Fundamental Human Rights for freedom / Derechos Humanos fundamentales para la libertad
Fundamental Human Rights for freedom / Derechos Humanos fundamentales para la libertad

The audio tour which is included in the entry price helps to explain all the history that you will see. There is much text to read so make sure you have lots of time to spend because you will want to read, watch the videos and many of the items from this.

There is so much to learn about the recent history of Dominican Republic at the Memorial Museum of the Dominican Resistance.
There is so much to learn about the recent history of Dominican Republic at the Memorial Museum of the Dominican Resistance.

The Rooms

There are many different rooms to explore inside the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana. Some of these rooms include interactive displays, robots, animated characters and original items from the era.

These rooms include:

*The history of the brave Gavilleros.
*The true facts of the Haitian Genocide that Trujillo initiated “to cleanse the race.”
*History of the expeditions that were formed with the aim of overthrowing the Trujillo regime.
*Learn about the complacency of the Church and the rupture between the Church and the Government.
*Expeditions of Constanza, Maimon and Estero Hondo and the brave men and women who fell for Dominican freedom and democracy.
*Mirabal Sisters Murder where Minerva Mirabal is presented in a hologram where Minerva she narrates one of her most moving speeches advocating the fight for democracy, accompanied by her two sisters, Patria and María Teresa.
*Trujillo’s execution room shows a recreation of the place where Trujillo fell when he was executed and includes a video of interviews of those who participated in the act.
*Clandestine Movement June 14 and the animated robot of Manolo Tavárez Justo making his moving speech.
*Interesting information about the Guerra de Abril de 1965
*Sala Balaguer displays information of Balaguer’s 12 years in power.
*Sala de Tortura / Torture room, or La 40 displays many of the objects that were used during Trujillos’ tyranny to torture those who opposed the regime. Included in the collection is the electric baton, videos and a model of what was the fearsome prison including the electric chair.

Torture devices and the electric chair at the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana
Torture devices and the electric chair at the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana
Torture devices and the electric chair at the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana

Information:

Hours: 9:30 AM to 6:00 PM – Closed Monday

Location: From Calle el Conde turn towards the sea (south) on Calle Sanchez or Calle Jose Reyes. Walk 1 block to Arz. Nouel.

Arzobispo Nouel 210, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana

Contact: 809-688-4440

The interior patio of the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana is for rent to hold events
The interior patio of the Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana is for rent to hold events

Museo Memorial de la Resistencia Dominicana Website – https://www.museodelaresistencia.com/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Museo-Memorial-de-la-Resistencia-Dominicana-142853769137872/

Museo de Atarazanas / Museum of Shipyards

Museo de las Reales Atarazanas (MAR) / Museum of Royal Shipyards

The Museo de Atarazanas is a unique Museum of the Sea. This amazing museum in the Colonial City gives visitors an insight into how it really was for those brave and daring sailors that crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of wealth and adventure.

The entrance to the Museo de las Reales Atarazanas (MAR)
The entrance to the Museo de las Reales Atarazanas (MAR)

The Building

The building originally was part of the warehouses / atarazanas of the Spanish Crown / Corona Española. Here the goods entering the island were received and stored in this and the surrounding buildings. This area was the center of the mercantile activities of the island.

Construction of the building 16th Century colonial building started around 1509. It was built in different stages. The Gothic-style building with its stone columns, Romanesque barrel vaults, and clay brick walls was thought to have been completed in 1544.

The Museum

The Museo de las Reales Atarazanas tells the story of Spanish galleons, captains and their crew. You can see how these courageous men lived and died on those Spanish galleons and ships that for centuries sailed the seas of the world.

Scale model of the Spaniard ship Our Lady of Guadalupe, Museo de las Atarazanas Reales
Scale model of the Spaniard ship Our Lady of Guadalupe, Museo de las Atarazanas Reales

The start of the shipwrecks first recorded was on December 25, 1492, when Admiral Christopher Columbus turned over control of the ship Santa María to his cabin boy to sleep and the ship ran aground soon after.

Display of the Santa Maria ship at Atarazanas Reales Museum, Ciudad Colonial Santo Domingo
Display of the Santa Maria ship at Atarazanas Reales Museum, Ciudad Colonial Santo Domingo

The Museo de Atarazanas includes historical information of many hundreds of shipwrecks that occurred along the coast of Hispaniola. The island was a strategic center for exploration during the15th and 19th centuries. But the coastline is rough and there were also many powerful storms that hit, making the entire coast a gigantic marine cemetery.

Jewels rescued from shipwrecks at Atarazanas Reales Museum
Jewels rescued from shipwrecks at Atarazanas Reales Museum

There is a selection of the thousands of valuable artifacts that have recovered from the sea. The collection includes jewels, coins, ingots, cannons and more. Included in the collection are the remains of two artillery pieces from Ovando’s fleet.

Mexican silver coins rescued from a shipwreck in the coast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Mexican silver coins rescued from a shipwreck in the coast of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

A very interesting display has a selection of jewelry, coins, ceramics and weights found in a Spanish shipwreck in Punta Cana, also from the 16th century. There is a spectacular display of objects from the galleon Nuestra Señora de la Limpia y Pura Concepción (crashed into the Dominican reefs on October 30, 1641) made up of jewelry, precious stones and Ming ceramics.

A digital map of Spanish fortifications during the early exploration of the Americas
A digital map of Spanish fortifications during the early exploration of the Americas

A digital map shows the fortifications of the Spanish during the early exploration of the Americas.

Full-scale replica of the first and second cannon batteries of the galleon Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (18th century), Museo de las Atarazanas Reales
Full-scale replica of the first and second cannon batteries of the galleon Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe (18th century), Museo de las Atarazanas Reales

The Museum of Royal Shipyards invites visitors to interact with history. There are many interactive displays and learning tools. One of the most interesting parts of the museum is a full-scale replica of two batteries of an actual colonial ship. You can experience the sounds and scents of the sea.

All the items listed above and so many wonderful items are included in the collection that is part of the Laboratory of Undersea Cultural Patrimony at the new Museo de las Reales Atarazanas. The museum is financed with a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank and is the work of the architects Wilfredo Feliz and Alexy Cordones. The newly remodeled Museo de las Reales Atarazanas (MAR) was inaugurated on December 12, 2019.

Information

Location: Calle Atarazanas and Calle Colón on the corner of Vicente Celestino Duarte in front of the Puerta Atarazana. The street can be accessed by going down the staircase from Plaza España at the Alcázar Colón. Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm.

Cost (12-2019): US$7 for foreigners and RD$200 pesos for residents
MITUR rose the bar to another level
6 pm 12/12/2019 inauguran el modernizado , creo q lo abren al público la próxima semana (martes 17).

Contact: (829) 545-1548

Interior pictures by Mariordo (Mario Roberto Durán Ortiz) https://commons.wikimedia.org

Reference:
Diario Libre

Then & Now – Cine Capitolio

Then & Now / Antes & Ahora – Cine Capitolio is now Capitolio Market Place.

Teatro-Cine Capitolio

Cine Capitolio was built in 1925 by Juan Bautista del Toro, it was the first cinema / movie theater in the Dominican Republic.

Cine Capitolio in 1945. This was the first movie theater in Dominican Republic.
Cine Capitolio in 1945. This was the first movie theater in Dominican Republic.

The theater first showed silent movies, the first was “Los Enemigos de la Mujer”, then progressed to playing “talkies”. When this occurred they lost many movie goers because most of the films were in English. Finally, they presented the Mexican produced film “Charros y Manolas”, the first film they showed in the Spanish language. The theater was back in business and the cine boomed until the mid 1960’s when they closed the doors for good.

Capitolio Market Place

Capitolio Market Place the original home of the Teatro-Cine Capitolio.
Capitolio Market Place the original home of the Teatro-Cine Capitolio.

The building, once named Columbus Plaza, is called Capitolio Market Place. This 3 level gift shop house different retail shops, gift shops, food and cigar vendors and also have a restaurant with a daily buffet.

Location – #206 Calle Arzobispo Meriño not far from Calle El Conde across from the Cathedral of Santo Domingo.

Thank you Imágenes de Nuestra Historia, R.D