As mentioned in the previous post, La Zona Colonial is the oldest area of the city. This area was the first settled area by Christopher Columbus. In this area, there is the La Catedral Primada de America, La Fortaleza Ozama and more.
In this post, I am just going to focus on La Alcázar de Colón, which is the foto above. This residence belonged to Christopher Columbus' son, Diego Columbus and it is the first official resident of the Americas.
Before we arrived to Columbus' house, I walked around La Zona Colonial with my cousin Lisa and my uncle Enrique, and took some pictures of this historical area of the city.
Above is a photo of a sign of the street below called Calle Las Damas. This is to be the oldest street of the new world, built in 1502.
This is a mural that is in the ticket center of the Alcazar of Columbus. I love maps which has led to my passion for traveling.
Below, are all the different rooms within the Alcazar.
These dishes were so fascinating to me because the shield on the plates is from Castilla y Leon, which is the province I lived in when I was studying in Salamanca in Spain.
The Ozama River. It is believed that Columbus sailed in to Santo Domingo through this river.
Christopher Columbus with his son Diego.
The plaza outside the Alcazar from the front balcony.
To conclude the tour, I wanted to add these last two photos of drawings that were on the walls of the Alcazar. I thought they were pretty fascinating.
This is end of my tour of the palace. I remember coming to this place as a child and think that it was Christopher Columbus' house. It wasn't until years later that I realized that it was his son's house and not his fathers. Diego seems to be forgotten and is overshadowed by his father's accomplishments. Of course, there is a lot of controversy when it comes to Columbus and his affect on history. Yet, as I did some research on Columbus and his son, I realized that if it wasn't for his son Diego, Christopher Columbus may not have been remembered for what he had accomplished.
How do you see Christopher Columbus? Did you grow up in an environment where he was revered or criticized?
Oh, and I almost forgot... HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY TO THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC!!