If Christopher Columbus didn’t have such a lasting connection to Santo Domingo, I probably wouldn’t have visited the Dominican Republic. Traveling has so many thrills! One of them that I hadn’t thought of before, is making real-life connections to things you only once heard about. I was never a fan of History. I still am not. But learning about Columbus and the conquests of the Spaniards was never something optional as a Caribbean kid in a Caribbean School. Nearly 20 years later, and the possibility of “putting two and two together” had me bouncing with excitement. Touring a mansion where conquistadors once planned their voyages was literally like stepping back into time — cheesy, I know! Photographing such a site? Well… EPIC!
There are so many beautiful, historically rich architectural structures around Santo Domingo, all protected by UNESCO. They include the first hospital, first catholic church and first monastery of the New World. These are my favorite photos of those I visited, but of course, the picture of Alcázar de Colón at night, is the most meaningful to me, and my definite favorite. Enjoy!