Historical Zona Colonial

Would you like to go back in time 500 years and experience what the colonials did when Columbus founded the oldest city in the Americas?

Images of Hisorical
Zona Colonial´╗┐

DR Military getting ready for
the day in Santo Domingo

No, the dark colonial past will not rear its ugly head again in this beautiful part of the Caribbean! In 1990 UNESCO declared Zona Colonial a "World Heritage Site" which is a treasure trove of historical delights.

The heart of the town is Parque Colon and is mainly the center of Domican cultural life hence all the coffee bars, cafes and restaurants in this area. Yeah, a few pubs here also. On the south side you'll find Catedral Primada of America which is the oldest church in this wonderful New World!  Put this on your list of things to do and see.

Take a trip around Zona Colonial by foot or by horse and carriage and swing by Fortaleza Ozama which overlooks the mouth of the River (Rio) Ozama. This is where the conquistadores set out to conquer the world but did not g et much further than the Caribbean.

To get some great shots of Plaza de Espana, rise just before sunup to get a superb light as the Caribbean awakes. You should be able to get great gallery style images. You are a photographer, right?

Pedestrians on thr North Side where you will discover Calle El Conde named in honor of the Conde de Penalva. This is well-known for its jewelry, fashion and shoe stores.  We purchased fine amber jewelry from Museo de Ambar on out last visit here in April. Well worth a visit.
There was a former city hall on the northwest side which is more of a 19th century remodel. It is a sort of neo-classical style - a mixture of the old and new and fits in well with most of the architectural styles in Zona Colonial.

 

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