Puerta de la Misericordia Gate, Santo Domingo

Take a look at Puerta de la Misericordia, the first gate of the Colonial City in Santo Domingo.

Puerta de la Misericordia Gate, Santo Domingo
Puerta de la Misericordia Gate
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Originally called Santiago Gate or Puerta Grande (Great Gate), the Puerta de la Misericordia Gate was the first gate of the city of Santo Domingo.

The design was done by the architect Rodrigo de Liendo in 1543, who was also responsible for its construction in the same year. During the archaeological excavations in 1980, there were discovered two small half-elliptical forts which flanked it.


Near the gate, there is a box seat used as a scaffold in order to execute those sentenced to death. In this box seat, it was built a little chapel. The Gate of Mercy was also the place in which Ramón Matías Mella shot the legendary Trabucazo of the Independence at the same time as Francisco del Rosario Sánchez hoisted the Dominican flag, declaring thus the independence of the Dominican Republic after having taken the Ozama Fortress.

The name of the gate comes from the positioning of the Holy Sacrament in this place, with the purpose of asking for the end of all the earthquakes that were destroying the island at that time.

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At the corner between Palo Hincado and Arzobispo Portes streets. Colonial City, Santo Domingo, Dominican republic.

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