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.
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.
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.
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.
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(2011) RD$200 for adults, RD$100 for children and US$10 for foreigners.
Calle Isabel La Católica and Emiliano Tejera, Ciudad Colonial, Republíca Dominicana. The large building sits in front of Plaza España.
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 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.
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.
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.”
*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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
*The first electric lights in the city of Santo Domingo were turned on in Parque Colón on February 27, 1896.
*At one time there were working fountains on both sides of the park which have been filled in.
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.
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