Bask in the golden sun atop a city ever-so rich in history, with Reydi (@reydimoreta) as he journeys to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic.
The Dominican Republic shares the island of Hispaniola with Haiti in the West Indies. Its name and geographical location almost certainly evokes images of the sun, beaches, and good gastronomy. And yes, the beaches are so beautiful you’ll never want to leave.
However, the Dominican Republic is more than just a huge resort. It boasts a rich and fascinating history as the oldest city of the New World, and as Christopher Columbus’s first settlement in the Americas.
Fortunately, much of the colonial legacy still stands in the capital city of Santo Domingo, which also goes by the name, Colonial City. Still surrounded by walls, Santo Domingo retains most of its original architectural features, grid layout and street model.
The first cathedral of the New World, Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, has a Renaissance-inspired exterior and a Gothic interior.
Perhaps more impressively, the first university, hospital, cathedral, military fortress, aqueduct, etc., in the Americas were set up in Santo Domingo. With so many historical sights to see, it is no wonder many tourists are happy to remain within the Zona Colonial (colonial district) for their entire stay.
The Alcázar de Colón was the residence of Columbus’s son, Diego, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo in the early 16th century. Neglected for the better part of the two centuries, the palace now houses a museums with household artefacts presumably belonging to the Columbus family.
Reydi shot all the images above with the OOWA 15 mm and 75 mm lenses.