“The oldest in the Americas”, that is the phrase that most reads and hears during a tour of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, which carries in its history the fact that it was the first city founded in the New World. The marks of the Spanish colonization are everywhere: in the stone buildings, customs inherited from the Taino Indians – the main people who inhabited the area before the Spaniards arrived in 1492 – and the many museums that recount the story under different aspects.
Those who visit Santo Domingo de Guzman inevitably remember who was Christopher Columbus, since that name was used to baptize monuments of the Dominican capital, today tumbled by Unesco.
The city’s main attractions can be visited in one day and most of them are paid. And who set aside just one day’s schedule trip to visit the Dominican capital, cannot fail to visit the Alcázar de Colón, the house where the family of Columbus lived in for over three generations, now a museum, which welcomes tourists interested in knowing rooms and objects that belonged to Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, Toledo and Mary, his wife. Next to the Alcázar, the Cathedral Primada of America is one of the most important buildings of the city for being the first church in the New World.
To understand a little of the modern history of the Dominican Republic, is worth visiting the National Museum of History and Geography, a good opportunity to see things and know the image of Gen. Rafael Trujillo, who was president from 1930 to 1961.
The Faro a Colón monument, museum and cultural center opened in 1992, is where the Dominicans say they saved the remains of Christopher Columbus (there is a dispute with Cuba for that matter, who also says he stored the remains in the Spanish navigator their territory).
Those interested in manufacturing the Dominican cigar can observe the manufacturing of the product and buy them in shops in the Zona Colonial. And the Dominicans guarantee: the domestic cigars has nothing to lose the traditional Cuban.
Many of the city’s restaurants are concentrated in the Zona Colonial. In front of the Alcázar de Colón, on the other side of the square, about ten restaurants that occupy seven colonial mansions, known as Las Atarazanas that serve varied menus that mix the local cuisine and international cuisine. To create a climate, modern minstrels roam the tables playing classic of the Dominican Juan Luis Guerra as “Borbujas de amor.”
Destination of passage for those who follow toward the East Coast of the country to enjoy the sun and stewardship of all-inclusive resorts and very strong in business tourism, the city exudes casino and hotel executives. And who decides to devote some time to visit the capital may be surprised at the rich history that the country holds in its buildings, museums, churches, streets and squares.