Obelisk, Santo Domingo

Admire one of the most relevant monuments in the Dominican history and discover its meaning.

Obelisk, Santo Domingo
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The popularly known as ‘Male Obelisk’ (in order to distinguish it from the ‘Female Obelisk’) has lost over the years the symbolic value with which it was erected.

Designed in 1936, it was constructed in 1937 as a monument of 40 meters of height to celebrate the change of name of the city of Santo Domingo to Trujillo City, under the command of the dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo. It is an obelisk which can be seen from every point of the famous avenue.

In 1966, the white structure was decorated with the works of different Dominican painters, giving as a result the colorful obelisk which stands in the current avenue. Despite some critics, since this is one of the monuments built during the dictatorship of Trujillo, it was preserved opposingly to many busts, statues or constructions which were demolished due to their meanings and values related to the dictatorship and which people wanted to forget.

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