Celebrated every weekend of February through the beggining of March
Most colorful of all traditions, includes dancing in the city streets
People wear costumes, Most common is called the diablo cojuelo, it is a suit of many colorful layers, small mirrors, and bells. People will wear it with a devils mask
Carnival has been around since the 16th century but became very popular on February 27, 1844 the day The Dominican Republic gained its independance
built in 1753 by Governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda
It was positioned so that officials of the Royal Houses could see the time just by glancing outside their windows.
On the southeast side you can see the time before noon, on the southwest side the time in the afternoon.
remodeled for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Columbus’s arrival in the Americas.
eastern side of the colonial zone
statue of Nicolas de Ovando, founder of Santo Domingo, stands there because of his accomplishments
The square is surrounded by exquisite colonial houses and restaurants
At night, it is beautifully lit and brushed by tropical breezes blowing off the river and sea, surrounding you with the best possible Dominican ambiance
It is at this square that you find a plaque saying that UNESCO declared the colonial zone of Santo Domingo a World Cultural Heritage Site
He was the father of the Dominican Republic, it was not known if he was born in the house but he definitly lived there.
In the 19th century it was restored
now it a museum dedicated to the life of Juan Pablo Duarte
Busts of the members of “la Trinitaria,” a secret pro-independence organization, are exhibited in the patio
The Dominican Church dates from approximately 1510
Fray Antonio de Montesinos, the first person in the New World to speak out against the Spaniards’ abuse of the Indians, lived and preached here.
his statue is at the mouth of the Ozama River where it meets the Caribbean
Bartolomé de las Casas came to take Holy Orders in 1515.
In 1538 the first university in the New World, dedicated to St. Thomas Aquino, was founded here; though the building no longer survives, the university lives on as the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo.
Inside the church is the astounding Chapel of the Rosary, with the sun and signs of the Zodiac carved into the stone of its vaulted ceiling.