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The National Zoological Park of the Dominican Republic (ZOODOM)

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The National Zoological Park of the Dominican Republic (ZOODOM) emerges as an educational need for the country.

 

The idea of a modern zoo was an initiative that emerged in April 1972. It began to be put into practice by the architects Manuel Valverde Podestá and Eugenio Pérez Montás in September of the same year. Who visited different zoos, mainly Africa and the United States, to exchange ideas about the construction of the park facilities.

 

After carrying out various activities to obtain a suitable place and turn it into a magnificent zoo, on November 26, 1974, animals arrived from Onahandja (Africa) and the United States. Along with these, Rhesus monkeys and spiders, vultures, pumas, crocodiles, parrots, macaws, cockatoos, turtles, among others, were brought from the exhibits of the old zoo on Bolívar Avenue.

Three Eyes National Park

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Just eight kilometers east of Santo Domingo, Los Tres Ojos National Park is a beautiful natural respite close to the city, and where you can see the underground caverns of the Taínos that were once used as a refuge or place of ritual. A stairway leads to a series of caves, with paths that hug three iridescent blue freshwater lagoons, or “eyes” as the Tainos used to call them because of their oval shapes. A fourth lagoon is accessible via a small wooden barge, revealing a magnificent open-air landscape with rock formations covered in lush vegetation. Keep an eye out for petroglyphs and handmade pottery.

National Botanical Garden

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The National Botanical Garden, Dr. Rafael María Mosoco, was founded with the purpose of studying, conserving and managing the diverse and rich flora of the Dominican Republic, created by Law 456 of 1976 and inaugurated on August 15 of the same year. It bears the name of Dr. Rafael María Moscoso as a posthumous tribute to the first Dominican botanist who wrote a catalog on the flora of the Española Island in 1943. Its emblem is a Guanito Leaf (Coccothrinax argentea), a thin palm tree that is very abundant in the garden.

Alcazar de Colon Museum

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One of the most popular museums in the Colonial City is also the most impressive in architectural terms. Completed around 1512, this Gothic-Renaissance palace was the home of Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife Maria de Toledo, niece of King Ferdinand of Spain. Overlooking the Plaza de España on one side and the Ozama River on the other, it is the oldest viceregal residence in the Americas and the first fortified palace, converted into a museum that exhibits furniture, art, musical instruments and weapons from the 16th century. Spiral staircases lead to the couple’s well-preserved rooms, and to the luxurious reception hall lit by crystal chandeliers where events for the Spanish aristocracy were held.

First Cathedral of America

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Built between 1510 and 1540, the first cathedral in the Americas, known as Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación or Annunciación, Primada de América, continues to stand tall in all its splendor over the heart of the Colonial City. The 500-year-old Gothic-style building is still the most important place for official ceremonies and religious celebrations. Touring the interior you can appreciate the ornate Gothic ceiling of the cathedral, colonial-era oil paintings, halls of sacred chapels, as well as an area with tombstones with the remains of archbishops. The remains of Christopher Columbus were found here in the 19th century.

Museum of Modern Art

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The Museum of Modern Art of Santo Domingo was created on December 15, 1976, as a Gallery of Modern Art, in the Plaza de la Cultura, an urban sector of gardens and buildings built exclusively for cultural purposes, constituting an exceptional complex in the area of Caribbean. The Gallery of Modern Art, which changed its name definitively in 1992 to the Museum of Modern Art, responds to the needs of the national visual arts, in full bloom, and to the conservation of a collection of paintings, sculptures and drawings, until then On display at the National Gallery of Fine Arts. The architect of the MAM, José Miniño, designed the building with four floors for exhibitions, very current in shapes and volumes as well as in the materials used, where exposed concrete predominates. The MAM has a permanent collection of modern and contemporary Dominican art, spanning more than a century of sculpture, painting, drawing, engraving, and photography. The collection also includes foreign works, mainly Latin American. The Caribbean and Central American Room will open soon, consisting essentially of donations from painters who have participated in the Caribbean and Central American Painting Biennials.

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