| ||Dominican Republic: Part III ZONA COLONIAL|
Spanish civillization in the New World began in Santo Domingo's 12 block Zona Colonial.
History comes alive here. Strolling through its narrow streets, one can easily imagine what
this place was like when Christopher Columbus walked the cobblestones, Jack Sparrow
look-a-likes sailed in and out, and colonists were busy settling homes - This old city is the
home to many "firsts" in the New World. Little wonder then it was declared a World
Heritage site by UNESCO in 1990.
The capital is named after Saint Dominic.
Columbus first arrived in 1492, to the land he named Hispaniola, which is now also
part of Haiti.
Parque Colon (Columbus Park). You'll find many tourists milling around or sitting on
benches, relaxing and feeding the pigeons. This is usually where an exploration of the Zone
starts, since tour guides gather around here waiting for customers.
In the center of Parque Colon one can see the huge statue of Christopher Columbus or
"Cristobal Colon". The bronze statue dates back from 1897 and is the work of French
sculptor Gilbert. It shows a native Taino woman writing - she was apparently the first to
learn Spanish. Does anyone know what her name was?
I felt that the monument in glorifying Columbus, reminded me instead of the grim
atrocities European colonialists committed against native people in the quest for land
Ruins of the first hospital
DR's national bird - the Cigua Palmera or Palmchat. We spotted a lovey-dovey pair in their cozy little hole of a shack!
The City Hall
This is one of the various spots where the seminal "Godfather II" was filmed.
The scene was set in Cuba!
It's illegal for Americans to travel there, so Santo Domingo was used as a stand-in for
Havana in many shots
Another "Godfather" street. I'm tempted to watch the movie again to spot it!
Plaza de Espana. Cafes and restaurants line one end of the plaza. On the other side you find...
.....Alcazar de Clon.
The castle of Don Diego Colon, Columbus's son. Built in 1517, the Renaissance-style structure
also has strong Moorish and Gothic influences. The interior of the 22 rooms retain many
original furnishings and give a real glimpse into life back then.
Study. The painting is a potrait of both Columbuses, father and son.
On the royal balcony.
Calle Las Damas
Translated into "Street of the Ladies". This wide road was named after the elegant ladies
of the court who, in Spanish tradition, promenaded in the evening.
Senorita Alba takes a stroll down Calle Las Damas!
A sundial from 1753. How we take clocks for granted these days!
Monasterio de San Franciso
Constructed between 1512 - 1544, this was the San Francisco Monastery containing the
church, convent, and hospital of the Franciscan order.
The first French Quarters
Casa del Cordon
Built in 1503, this is the western hemisphere's oldest surviving stone house.
Zona Colonial is also a popular choice for wedding photos, we were lucky to see a couple
in the midst of their shoot :) Horse and carriage rides are readily available for about $20
Why are there no faces on these Dominican dolls?
The blankness symbolizes the melting-pot of different ethnicities and races that Dominicans
emcompass. No one type of face will do justice.
Our tour guide! He explains a grafitti drawing on a wall: "Your mama fed you milk when
you were young, not drugs." Great idea for the Narcotics Bureau's next campaign.
Something funny I found:
Someone wants to take a ride on her.... I mean his bike ;)
Till the next DR adventure post.... Que tengas un buen día!
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