Walk through Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone.

Good morning/afternoon/night (depending where you’re reading from).

Every Saturday, as usual, I go on my mini adventures in the city and then I share them with you. This Saturday I decided to explore the most important tourist spot in my city, the Colonial Zone. What’s so attractive about this zone?

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Santa María de la Encarnación’s Cathedral.

It’s the first city in the American continent founded by the Spaniards back in 1502. This is the home of the earliest colonial building and streets of the New World, which are firmly standing and almost perfectly intact for longer than 400 years.

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Santo Domingo’s University.

The Colonial Zone atmosphere is unique. It feels like you have time traveled 500 years in the past when you are walking through their streets, enjoying their parks and public spaces or entering to their antique buildings. It appears like time has not passed within their stone and mortar walls and pavements.

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Calm pigeon, behind the first university of America, where it was pronounced an anti-slavery speech by Fray Antón de Montesinos in defense of the indigineous people of the island from the abuses and exploitation of Spaniards.

 

Colonial streets make you travel through the past. They make you feel nostalgic about things you never experience. Don’t you think?

The Colonial Zone is a lively place full of music, art, people, flora and history; where you can find, just around the corner, something fascinating to be awed by and at the same time have that harmonious combination between modern and old with a strong touch of Dominican roots.

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The photo in the center is an antique and souvenir store I visited in Calle El Conde. The ancient craftwork made me think about who have used these utensils. A political leader, a princess or a poor slave? Maybe they came from a remote country 300 years ago? What histories are attached to this piece? We will never know, but it’s pleasant to imagine and make up ideas. Do you like antiquity objects?

One of the most interesting museums of the zone is Museo Casa de Tostado, built in the beginnings of 16th century, it’s a well preserved mansion of the wealthy Tostado family. All of its spaces, furniture, paintings, utensils, etc. remain almost exactly the same as when it was built, this gives you a great sense of how people actually lived back then.

 

 

 

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Another important landmark of the city is Independencia’s Park.  Within this park there is a solemn mausoleum where the ashes of  Padres de la Patria rest, they were three outstanding and brave men to whom the Dominican Republic owes its foundation and independency.

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Do you see the ressemblance with an Egyptian mastaba?

 

 

 

There are plenty of other things to see and do in the Colonial Zone. Especially if you are a fanatic of old colonial buildings and history, you might want to take two or three full days to get to know everything down to the little details.

It’s also very cheap to enter to the museums (around 2 to 3 US dollars), and locals are very friendly and helpful. The Colonial Zone is the perfect place to spend the whole day, there are plenty of delightful restaurants, interesting museums, mouth dropping views and great weather.

What are some historic places in your country that you appreciate the most? Let me know what you think in a comment below. Also, please let me know if you’d like me to make a series of posts about all the attractive buildings, streets, museums, etc. of this historical and wonderful place.

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