This park is quite nice and is frequented by the friends and neighbors that live in the area. You can hang out and meet some of the friendly locals and there is usually some dominoes being played here as well. It has many beautiful large shade making trees with concrete benches encircling them.

There is a rise where some of Fuerte de San Jose still exists. Here children love to ride their bicycles up and down the ramp. Families hang out, maybe having a birthday party or family gathering. There are sometimes concerts and events held here. Sometimes the neighbors get together and sell some of their home cooked dishes and goodies on Sunday afternoons. Also there are some skate boarders around because of the skate park located to one side of the park. There is a
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Parque San Jose
Colmado close where you can purchase your beverage of choice to enjoy while you sit and relax. This park is very inviting and and comfortable.

Here one can have a great view of the statue of Frair Anton de Montecino. Just walk up the ramp of the fort and the giant statue looms in front of you.

Location: From the Conde walk down (south towards the sea) 19 de Marzo about 4 blocks. It is on the left situated between Jose Gabriel Garcia and the Malecon.   see the map (number 65)

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Parque Maria Trinidad Sanchez

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

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Maria was a Dominican activist who actively participated in the independence of the Dominican Republic. 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. She was actively involved in the conspiracy of 1845 against General Santana.  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 the execution of María. She was lead out of her prison in Fortelaza 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."

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

She was shot on February 27, 1845, the first anniversary of the founding of the Republic, because of her dedication and love for the country and her desire for the sovereignty of the Dominican Republic. Maria Sanchez - Born June 16, 1794 - Died February 27, 1845
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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.     see the map (number 89)
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Parque María Trinidad Sánchez

The Balconies, Doors, Gates and Windows of the Colonial City are all so beautiful and unique. You can see all the different styles or architecture represented in the facades of the Colonial buildings. There are many different architectural styles including Early Spanish Renaissance, Italian Renaissance, Victorian, Moorish-influenced, Gothic, Isabeline, Baroque, Roman style and others I have no clue.

Many of the doors have beautiful handles and knockers. The gates and balconies, some are so ornate and artistic. Some of the windows here are considered to be unique in the entire world. When you walk the streets of the Cuidad Colonial make sure you walk slowly and do not only look straight ahead or you will miss so much of what makes this city unique, Look up to the balconies and windows, look down to the gates and doors. You will be amazed at what you might see.

Balcony of the Porcelin Museum
Door and knocker on Calle Joes Reyes
Here is a Picture Album - Colonial Zone Balconies, Doors, Gates, Windows I have put together with some of the doors, gates, balconies and windows that got my attention. I will keep adding to the album as I take more pictures.
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