Since the Dominican Republic has so much more than beautiful beaches, we moved for a few days to the capital, Santo Domingo, to soak up some culture. Santo Domingo is one of the oldest cities in the Americas. In fact, it has the first paved street in the new world! The government and private sponsors have done a marvelous job at restoring, and preserving the original colonial buildings.
The colonial zone feels like a museum in which we were able to walk and learn.
1. Statues of the founding fathers: Sanchez, Duarte, and Mella.
2. Plaza leading to entrance to the pedestrian street "el Conde."
3. Parque Colón and Cathedral.
4. National Pantheon
5 and 6. Fortaleza (fort) Ozama
7. Plaza de España y Alcazar de Colón
8. Calle el Conde.
Note: I am putting all the pictures in one post, but it took us several days to explore the colonial zone.
Check out UNESCO's webpage : http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/526