Parque Colón, Santo Domingo

Go for a walk by the park of the Colonial City and enjoy the beautiful constructions located around it.

Parque Colón, Santo Domingo
Parque Colón
© Jean-Marc Astesana

Inaugurated in 1506 as Plaza Mayor de Santo Domingo Square, it didn’t begin to be called Colón Park until 1887.

It is a beautiful space considered part of the World Heritage of Santo Domingo. On its origins there were several constructions erected around it, being the first Colonial houses throughout all the continent. It was surrounded by imposing buildings and residences, such as the cathedral or council, among other interesting constructions. During Colonial times, the square was a place for celebrating parties and events of the society at that time.

Nowadays, the park has in its center a sculpture to honor Christopher Columbus; made by the French sculptor E. Gilbert in the 19th century, it represents the Admiral pointing at the north with his forefinger.

During your walks through this large park, you’ll feel as if you were in a true colonial city, full of life both by day and night, which creates a very nice atmosphere where you’ll find people chatting in a relaxed way on benches along the park, as well as at the terraces located around the place. Moreover, during your visit you may find cultural activities at the square, which provides the place with even a more lively ambience.

In front of the cathedral you’ll find several terraces where you’ll be able to take an aperitif while gazing at the lively central park.

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At the corner between El Conde and Arzobispo Meriño streets, Colonial Area. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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