Calle Hostos is one of the most beautiful and unique in the Colonial Zone. This very old and historical street runs from North to South through the heart of the Colonial City.
The street originally was named Calle del Hospital, named so because of the Hospital San Nicolás de Bari is located on this calle antiguo. Hostos was also called Calle Militar.
Calle Militar changed its name again in 1904. The name was changed to what it is today, Calle Hostos. It is named after the Dominican national hero and educator Eugenio María de Hostos (1839-1903).
The most beautiful and most photographed part of this historic street is going up the steep hill. There are stairs on either side of the steep cobblestone street. Here you can see some of the original old wooden houses, protected by UNESCO, lining the incline.
Calle Hostos has been the location for many different movie shoots the most famous being The Godfather III.
Fuerte de la Concepción was built later in the history of the Colonial City. The fort is located at a very strategic location along the farthest northwestern side of the walled city of Santo Domingo.
The fort was designed by Juan Bautista Ruggero in 1672 and was built in 1678. It was an important addition to the city of Santo Domingos protection.
The strategic location of this important fort was for the initial protection of Santo Domingo and helped to deter many attempted take overs of the capital by land. It was the only fort to look towards the very isolated areas of what is now San Carlos. This was a very strategic location because they were able to view problems coming from inside the island where as most of the forts looked towards the sea or river areas.
Included in the Fuerte de la Concepción, which can still be seen to this day, was a very wide approach ramp for the cannons, the round watch towers and a catwalk around the wall. Gone are the ammunition storage and troop houses. Replacing them are fruit stands and vendors selling their wares.
*The fort area was used as a tram station from 1884 to 1904 when the fort was completely destroyed in a fire.
*The gate located in this wall is named Puerta de Lemba after a slave that was executed here.
*Fuerte de la Concepcion was where the people gathered when a natural disaster struck.
: Calle Palo Hincado and Calle Las Mercedes. It is at the far end of the Colonial Zone across from Calle el Conde and next to Parque Independencia.
Luna, Nayck’s Bed and Breakfast, offering a homestyle feel in the heart of the oldest city in the Americas. Located in the Colonial Zone, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Come, visit and stay with us while you explore our island country.
Luna B&B Hotel (now under new ownership, formerly known as the Foreigner’s Club Hotel), is located in the west side of the Colonial Zone in one of the most unique and historically significant locations of the area.
*Children are ok
*No pets permitted
*Airport pick up can be arranged (additional charge)
Languages Spoken – English and Spanish
Room prices range from USD$16 to USD$45. Rooms are for two persons, additional guests USD$15
The building was built in 1935 in a beautiful art deco style characteristic of that era. It has undergone several changes to accommodate the structure of the B&B and make comfortable rooms in which to relax and create a home away from home while exploring the riches of the Dominican Republic in terms of history, culture and natural beauty.
Embedded in the community our guests will be able to experience what a typical Dominican neighborhood looks and feels like. We are across the street from a “Colmado, which is a typical Dominican style convenience store, a block away from a neighborhood barbershop, and a few blocks away from the Caribbean Sea. Our guests will be able to immerse themselves in the local culture if that is what you’d like.
The history and charm of the oldest city in “The Americas” are all within walking distance. One of the major historical landmarks of the city, Independence Park (Parque Independencia) is only 1 block away. Many other significant places include Calle El Conde, Independence Cemetary, El Malecon, The first Cathedral of the Americas, Columbus Park, and much more. Also within walking distance are great restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
I invite you to come and stay in my home, and for a little while, make it yours.
All You Want To Know About The Oldest City In The Americas
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