Map Santo Domingo Dominicana for Printing

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, is a city with a rich history and a blend of Spanish colonial, indigenous Taino, and modern influences.

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Here’s a detailed description of some of the historic places, buildings, streets, and squares in Santo Domingo:

  1. Zona Colonial (Colonial Zone):
    • Description: The heart of historic Santo Domingo, the Zona Colonial, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the oldest European settlement in the Americas, founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1498. The area boasts well-preserved colonial architecture, cobblestone streets, and numerous historical sites.
    • Key Attractions:
      • Cathedral of Santa María la Menor (Catedral Primada de América): The oldest cathedral in the Americas, built between 1521 and 1540.
      • Alcázar de Colón: The former residence of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, now a museum showcasing colonial artifacts.
      • Fortaleza Ozama (Ozama Fortress): A 16th-century fortress, one of the oldest military structures in the Americas.
      • Parque Colón (Columbus Park): A central square surrounded by restaurants and historic buildings.
  2. Calle Las Damas (Ladies’ Street):
    • Description: This is the oldest street in the Americas, dating back to the early 1500s. It is named after the ladies of the court who used to walk along the street during colonial times.
    • Key Attractions:
      • Casa de Bastidas: A historic building associated with Rodrigo de Bastidas, a Spanish conquistador.
  3. Independencia Park (Parque Independencia):
    • Description: A large park located in the Zona Colonial, it serves as a public space for locals and visitors. The park features monuments and statues commemorating the country’s independence heroes.
    • Key Attractions:
      • Altar de la Patria (Altar of the Homeland): A mausoleum containing the remains of the founding fathers of the Dominican Republic.
  4. Malecón:
    • Description: The Malecón is a picturesque waterfront promenade stretching along the Caribbean Sea. It offers beautiful views, vibrant street life, and is a popular spot for locals and tourists alike.
    • Key Attractions:
      • Obelisco Hembra y Macho: Two iconic obelisks located at different points along the Malecón.
  5. National Palace (Palacio Nacional):
    • Description: The National Palace is the official residence of the President of the Dominican Republic. The building is an architectural landmark and symbol of political power.
    • Key Features:
      • Presidential Guard Changing Ceremony: A ceremonial event that takes place at the National Palace.
  6. Monumento de los Héroes de la Restauración (Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration):
    • Description: Located in Santiago, about 100 miles north of Santo Domingo, this monument is a tribute to the heroes of the Dominican Restoration War (1863-1865).
    • Key Features:
      • Panoramic Views: The monument offers panoramic views of Santiago and the surrounding areas.

Santo Domingo’s historic sites reflect the city’s deep connection to the colonial past and its pivotal role in the history of the Americas. Exploring these locations provides a fascinating journey through time and culture.

Author: Kirill Shrayber, Ph.D.

I have been working with vector cartography for over 25 years, including GPS, GIS, Adobe Illustrator and other professional cartographic software.

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