A cosmopolitan city that preserves its memory intact

CULTURE, VALUES AND NATIONAL SYMBOLS

A cosmopolitan city that preserves its memory intact

Santo Domingo shows a cosmopolitan city that proudly preserves its Colonial Zone, Columbus Park, with the First Cathedral of America as backdrop

The First City in the Americas, Santo Domingo de Guzman is a meeting space with history; the stage where the new and the old of urbanisms masterfully blend allowing to experience a tour through time and memory.

 

Colonial buildings, squares and parks permanently and lively reflect tradition and culture thanks to the continuous cultural presentations that take place there. The Colonial City is a bohemian and romantic space, filled with tourist stops, historical monuments and buildings that illustrate an idyllic time that combines and converts into a modern, populous and dynamic city of tall towers and buildings that compete to reach the clouds.

 

The walled city, commonly called “the Colonial Zone” or simply “the Zone” is a museum opened 24 hours a day, 365 days a year; the streets do not spare any details to display its settings, buildings of the colonial era, for all to see and fall in love with. The Colonial Zone has several of the most traditional churches scattered as if pearls from a rosary, crowned by the First Cathedral of America, located in Columbus Park.

 

Within walking distance, the Plaza España invites tourists to visit the Museum of “Las Casas Reales”, the Chapel of “Los Remedios”, “El Alcázar” of Don Diego Colón, The Museum of Dominican Rum and the Telecommunications Museum and next to the square, the most beautiful bistro-style restaurants located in “La Atarazana”.

 

You can also visit the Ozama Fortress, the ruins of the Monastery of San Francisco and the San Nicolás de Bari Hospital.

 

Heading into the modern and cosmopolitan city, the National District, you cannot miss the Plaza de la Cultura, place where the International Book Fair of Santo Domingo is held every year. In this square are also located: the Eduardo Brito National Theater, the Dominican Museum of Man, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Natural History.

 

You can also visit the Film Library and the Pedro Henriquez Ureña National Library. The Cinema Cafe Bar and Mannequin Restaurant & Lounge are also located in this square.

 

The urban experience in Santo Domingo is intense; this is a dynamic metropolis that combines high and luxurious residential and office towers, towering hotels, and shopping malls, with the most prestigious stores and a wide selection of goods and services. In the city you will also find modern cinemas, bars and restaurants with national or international style.

 

Furthermore, this city has buildings that tell the passage of time in urban development: therefore those visiting Gazcue are transported to the 50s and 60s of the last century. Meanwhile, Piantini, Naco and other sectors of the city are characterized by modern planning with stylized designs where glass and metal are combined in buildings that are trying to reach the sky.

 

Mirador Sur is a wide green lung that extends to the south of the city. The long park extends more than five kilometers and is a space for recreation and exercise for the residents of this city located along the Caribbean Sea.

 

No doubt the Metropolitan District has great attractions reserved for visitors; the challenge is to discover them.

  • POPULATION
    10.41 MILLION
  • OFFICIAL LANGUAGE
    SPANISH
  • CURRENCY
    DOMINICAN PESO
  • AREA
    48,670 SQ. KM
  • GOVERNMENT
    PRESIDENTIAL REPUBLIC
  • CLIMATE
    PREDOMINANTLY TROPICAL
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Dominican Republic. Dominican Republic is located in the eastern part of Hispaniola Island, occupying two thirds of the territory, which it shares with the Republic of Haiti. It is the second largest island in the Caribbean region.
 
FOUNDING FATHERS. Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sanchez and Matias Ramon Mella are the most important representatives of the fight for independence and national sovereignty who constituted the patriotic secret society “La Trinitaria” that promised to “implement a free, sovereign republic, independent from any foreign domination”.
 
SHIELD. Created at the time of the proclamation of independence. It has a Bible in the center and is surrounded by an olive branch and a palm branch. A blue ribbon on the shield says: “God, Country, Freedom” and a red underneath says: “Dominican Republic”.
 
FLAG. Conceived by Juan Pablo Duarte and made by Concepción Bona and María Trinidad Sánchez during the period of independence. It was raised for the first time on February 27, 1844 by Francisco del Rosario Sanchez.
NATIONAL ANTHEM. It was composed by Jose Reyes and written by Emilio Prud’Homme. First sung in 1897 and officially since 1934, it highlights the values that characterize an arduous, worthy and willing to fight nation to permanently improve the living conditions of its people.
 
CULTURE. Dominican cultural life presents a strong fusion product of the mixing of Spanish, African and American Indian. These roots can be seen in the cultural expressions and folklore, especially with great force in music, which is filled with cheerful and earthy rhythms such as merengue and bachata, which are heard around the world.