Pages

Friday, June 26, 2009

First Glimpses of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Just arrived in Santo Domingo, capital of Dominican Republic. Founded by Christopher Columbus in 1492, this is the oldest continuously-inhabited European-founded settlement in the Americas. Santo Domingo was headquarters to Columbus' new empire for many years and history has bestowed it with monumental colonial builidings and city squares.  I rushed to the UNESCO-listed Colonial Quarter for a quick sunset look upon arrival. I was impressed upon this quick initial visit.  The first Catholic cathedral in the New World, the so-named "Catedral Primada de America" reminded me of the grandeur of European medieval architecture.  I also visited the Independence Park with its monuments dedicated to the heroes of Dominican struggle for independence against Haiti and Spain.
 

No comments: