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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!

Monasterio de San Francisco, built in the 1500s, was the first Monastery of the New World.

Monasterio de San Francisco, built in the 1500s, was the first Monastery of the New World.

Monasterio de San Francisco at dawn | Ciudad Colonial, Dominican Republic

Monasterio de San Francisco at dawn | Ciudad Colonial, Dominican Republic

Details of the Monasterio de San Francisco

Details of the Monasterio de San Francisco

Convento de los Dominicos (Dominican Convent) | Built around 1510, it is the oldest Catholic building of the Americas, and still used for church services today.

Convento de los Dominicos (Dominican Convent) | Built around 1510, it is the oldest Catholic building of the Americas, and still used for church services today.

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari, the oldest hospital of the New World, now preserved ruins.

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari, the oldest hospital of the New World, now preserved ruins.

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari | The preserved ruins are home today to hundreds of parrots and pigeons.

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari | The preserved ruins are home today to hundreds of parrots and pigeons.

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (Our Lady of Altagracia Sanctuary) framed by the ruins of   Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

Santuario Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia (Our Lady of Altagracia Sanctuary) framed by the ruins of Hospital San Nicolás de Bari

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari at night

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari at night

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari at night

Hospital San Nicolás de Bari at night

Alcázar de Colón at Night

Alcázar de Colón at Night

Alcázar de Colón at night, once the home of Diego Colón (Christopher Columbus’ son), is the oldest Viceregal home in the New World

Alcázar de Colón at night, once the home of Diego Colón (Christopher Columbus’ son), is the oldest Viceregal home in the New World

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