Category Archives: Parks and Plazas

Plaza de la Poesía

Plaza de la Poesía / Plaza of the Poetry

The Plaza de la Poesía was build to honor the Dominican poet Salomé Ureña de Henríquez (1850 – 1897). This small cozy plaza was inaugurated during the III Festival de Poesía de Santo Domingo on October 2011 to mark the importance of poetry and reading in the country.

The statue of Salomé Ureña de Henríquez in the Plaza de la Poesía.
The statue of Salomé Ureña de Henríquez in the Plaza de la Poesía.

This small intimate plaza is the perfect place to get away from it all. A quiet place to sit, think or read. In years gone by this area was full of chaos and commotion. The gate next to the park is the Puerta Atarazana which was the entrance to the shipyards and warehouse of the Atarazanas.

Plaza de la Poesía, the perfect place to relax.
Plaza de la Poesía, the perfect place to relax.
Plaza de la Poesía with the Alcazar Colón in the background.
Plaza de la Poesía with the Alcazar Colón in the background.

Location:

The Puerta Atarazana on Calle Colon behind the Alcazar del Colon and Plaza España.

Parque Plaza Maria Trinidad Sanchez

Parque – Plaza Maria Trinidad Sánchez

This small triangle-shaped park is dedicated to the great woman patriot Maria Trinidad Sanchez. She is the Aunt of one of the Fathers of the Nation, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez. She represents the best of female leadership at the time. In this tree filled park is a bust of this brave Dominican woman with benches surrounding.

Maria and Concepción Bona created the first Dominican flag.

Parque Maria Trinidad Sánchez under the Flamboyant Tree.
Parque Maria Trinidad Sánchez under the Flamboyant Tree.

Dominican Activist

Maria was a Dominican activist who actively participated in the independence of the Dominican Republic against the Annexation to Spain. She collaborated with Los Trinitarios, who shared the ideal of a free and independent republic. On February 27, 1844, at the peak of the battle she carried gunpowder to make the gun cartridges used that night underneath her skirt.

Maria Sanchéz was very involved in the conspiracy of 1845 against General Santana who later became president. Maria and the others involved were caught and imprisoned. She was put on trial for conspiracy. When she was questioned about the location of her nephew, Francisco Sanchez, she refused to tell where he and the other members of the Trinitarios were hiding.

This heroic deed, among others, led to her execution. She was lead out of her prison in Fortaleza Ozama to the Cemetery where she was to be shot. As she passed by the Puerta del Conde (Parque Independencia) she exclaimed: “Dios mío, cúmplase en mí tu voluntad y sálvese la República”/ “My God, your will it be done to me and save yourself the Republic.”

Bust of Maria Trinidad Sánchez in the park named after her.
Bust of Maria Trinidad Sánchez in the park named after her.

First Victim of Political Crimes

Maria was one of the first victims of political crimes in the history of the Republic. She was executed, along with her nephew Andrés Sánchez, because of her actions against the annexation of the country to Spain.

Maria Trinidad Sanchez was shot on February 27, 1845 on the first anniversary of the founding of the Republic. She was executed because of her dedication and love for the country and for her desire for the sovereignty of the Dominican Republic.

Maria Sanchez – Born June 16, 1794 – Died February 27, 1845

Plaza - Parque Maria Trinidad Sánchez, Zona Colonial.
Plaza – Parque Maria Trinidad Sánchez, Zona Colonial.

Location:

Corners of Luperon, Calle Mercedes and 19 de Marzo. From Calle el Conde turn up (north – away from the sea) on 19 de Marzo, 2 blocks on the left.

Sun Dial

Sun Dial/ Reloj de Sol

The historical sun dial, Reloj de Sol, is another of our UNESCO World Heritage sites. It was erected during the reign of Carlos III in 1753 and is one of the oldest sun dials in all the Americas.

The Reloj de Sol in the morning light

The sun dial was used as the official time-teller in Santo Domingo. The face of the dial could be seen from the government offices in the Casas Reales. This way the government officials were able to record the correct time on official documents.

The faces of the Reloj de Sol

The dial sits in the center of the Plaza Reloj de Sol. It sits atop a large stone pillar. There are two vertical dials or faces and a equatorial dial on top. The Southeast face is for the morning time to be seen and the Southwest side is for the afternoon hours. The large metal plate with its raised parts show the hours by the shaded markings.

On the very top of the pillar is the newer equatorial dial that was placed there in 1992. The original dial was lost during a hurricane.

Plaza Reloj de Sol, the sun dial and Casa Reales.

Location

: Calle Las Damas in the small Plaza Reloj de Sol in front of the Casa Reales.