Puerta del Conde Gate, Santo Domingo

Admire the symbolic Gate of the Count in the Independence Park of the Colonial City, in Santo Domingo.

Puerta del Conde Gate, Santo Domingo
Puerta del Conde Gate
© Richie Diesterheft

Visit the The Count’s Gate, located in the Independence Park and also known as Baluarte 27 de Febrero (Bastion).

Originally, this gate was called San Genaro Bastion, and it was a military building made of two solid cubes linked by a stone arch. The door remained closed until the middle of the 17th century. Furthermore, you can see a side of the wall, a triangular moat oriented to the East and several huts.

It was given this name in honor of Don Bernardino de Meneses Bracamonte y Zapata, Count of Peñalva, which was in charge of the successful defense of the city during the English invasion by William Penn and Venables in 1655.

This place has an important symbolic meaning since it was the scenario chosen to hoist the National Flag for the first time on the 27 of February of 1844, during the first act of Independence of the Republic. Also, It has been used as Altar of the Homeland until a few years ago.

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At the corner between Palo Hincado the Count streets, Colonial City. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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