Columbus Park, or Parque Colón, is a significant historical and cultural landmark situated in the heart of Santo Domingo’s Ciudad Colonial district in the Dominican Republic. Established in the 15th century, the square was originally known as Plaza Mayor and served as the main entertainment center for the inhabitants of Santo Domingo. In 1887, the square was renamed in honor of Christopher Columbus, and a bronze statue of the explorer was erected in its center.

The statue, created by French sculptor Ernesto Gilbert, depicts Columbus pointing north, symbolizing his discovery of the Americas. The square is surrounded by notable monuments, including the Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor, the oldest cathedral in the Americas, and the Palacio Borgella, which once housed the Dominican Republic’s Parliament.

Visitors to Columbus Park can also explore nearby attractions such as the Alcázar de Colón, the Royal Houses Museum, and the Panteón de la Patria. The park serves as the starting point for Count’s Street, a historic street lined with colonial-style buildings that leads to the iconic Count’s Gate (Puerta del Conde). With its rich history and cultural significance, Columbus Park is a must-see destination for anyone visiting Santo Domingo.



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