Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic And New World Capital
Santo Domingo is the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic.
Founded in 1496 by Bartholomew Columbus, on the east bank of the Ozama river and then moved by Nicolás de Ovando in 1502 on the west bank of the river itself. Known for being the site of the first European settlement in America, and for being the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World.
Santo Domingo was called “Ciudad Trujillo” from 1936 to 1961, due to a change made by the dictator Trujillo. Today, Santo Domingo is the most important metropolis in the Dominican Republic and is the largest city in the Caribbean, followed by Havana.
Before the Spanish arrived, the island was inhabited by Taino Indians who controlled the island that was later called by conquerors as La Hispaniola, including the part now occupied by the Republic of Haiti.
Santo Domingo was destroyed by a hurricane in 1502, and the new governor Nicolás de Ovando made rebuild another nearby site. The original design of the city and much of its defensive wall can still be seen today in the Colonial Zone, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. The Colonial Zone, bordered by the Ozama River, also has an impressive collection of sixteenth-century buildings, including palatial houses and churches reflect the architectural style of medieval times.
The most important colonial buildings in the city include the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor, call Fist Cathedral of America, which establishes the distinction, the Alcazar de Colon, the first castle in America and residence of the Viceroy of the Indies, Don Diego Columbus, Christopher Columbus son, the Monasterio de San Francisco, the ruins of the first monastery in America, the Museo de las Casas Reales, the former Governor General’s Palace, the Palace of the Royal Court, Columbus Park, a historic square, the Ozama Fortress , the oldest fortress in America, the Pantheon of the Fatherland, a former Jesuit building that houses the remains of several distinguished representatives of the Dominican Order and the Church of the Convento Dominico, the first convent in America.
Throughout its first century, Santo Domingo was largely platform for exploration and conquest of the New World.
Santo Domingo has changed its form and structure, fusing the classical structures of the colonial city with modern buildings of the new part of town, giving you two very striking and interesting areas to tourists and locals. Full of restaurants and bars for the entertainment of local and tourist, which highlights the areas Piantini, Naco, Evaristo Morales and the colonial city.
For motorcyclists, Santo Domingo has a lot to offer as active destination in the world of motorcycle:
– Official Harley Davidson Dealer
– Motorcycles painting and modifications
– Biker Friendly Bars and Restaurants
– 8 different motorcycle clubs formed
Nights in Santo Domingo are ideal for a ride on a motorcycle, enjoying a tour of wide Avenues and pleasant as the bird. George Washington, February 27, Abraham Lincoln Ave. Los Proceres, and other Avenues of smaller but very nice for a spin. The return must always end in a friendly biker bar of the Hard Rock Café, Café le Toit (The Resistance), Swiss Chalet, Hooters, Cacibajagua bar, etc.
If you are in the city for the weekend, you can make a round trip to the beach near Boca Chica, Juan Dolio and Salinas, roll with the sunset, or just hang out with friends and road sharing.