Fuerte San Gil Fortress, Santo Domingo

Visit the 16th century San Gil Fort and learn about its stories on the maritime coast of Santo Domingo.

Fuerte San Gil Fortress, Santo Domingo
Fuerte San Gil Fortress
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The Fuerte San Gil Fortress was built between 1503 and 1510 on the maritime coast of the Colonial City to protect the beach located on its basis. It was rebuilt at the end of the 20th century since its remains lie in rubble.

With a polygonal shape of five sides and two fronts, this fort, which was the first one to have been built with that shape, has its left side facing the sea.

At the beginning of the 20th century, the 29 of August 1916, a tornado sunk the battleship Memphis. All its crew members died in this tragic event, as well as as many Dominicans despite the attempts to save them.

The city still preserves one of the bells of the ship which can be seen in the Las Mercedes Church while a column was raised to commemorate the accident.

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