Parque Colon in Santo Domingo (Columbus Park in English) is the main square in this Dominican Republic’s city’s historic zone. It sits alongside the long Calle el Conde, which is a pedestrian-only street, full of shops and cafes.
I had an opportunity to explore and stay right by the Parque Colon in January 2009 while touring the Dominican Republic.
The square is a meeting spot for many to relax and feed the numerous pigeons, or to chat with friends. In the centre of the square is a statue of Christopher Columbus.
First Cathedral In The New World
The building in this photos is the first cathedral in the New World – Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor. It was started in 1512 and completed in 1540. The view you see here is the side entrance – the best way to enter the church is the main entrance which offers you a beautiful view of the full length, and the arched ceiling.
Parque Colon in Santo Domingo is one of the most visited tourist spots in the capital city. Beware of the numerous pigeons that saunter around. Locals come here to feed them, and to watch them as they sit and relax on the benches placed around the plaza.
If you happen to be staying at the hotel at the northwest corner of the Parque Colon, expect to be woken up with sounds of “choco-late” early in the morning.
This square should be one of the top sites on your walking tour of old Santo Domingo.
Until next time!