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.

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