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Plaza de España (Plaza de Armas)

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Plaza de España (Plaza de Armas)

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Benny C wrote a review Oct. 2020
Sanford, Florida187 contributions58 helpful votes
I highly recommend that this location be added to your Santo Domingo tour list. Much of this area is walkable and there are many locations from fine dining to a quick snack.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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LuizDutraNeto wrote a review Sep. 2020
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,501 contributions1,539 helpful votes
At the heart of Santo Domingo's "Ciudad Colonial", you will find "Plaza de España"! A square with many names, "Plaza de España", "Plaza de España de Santo Domingo", "Plaza de Armas", "Plaza Mayor" or "Plaza de la Hispanidad"! It is located at "Calle de las Atarazanas" (the ancient shipyards street), not far from the famous "Calle de las Damas", and surrounded by restaurants, small cafés and bars. At one of its sides, the "Alcázar de Colón", the residential palace built by Viceroy Don Diego de Colón (elder son of Christopher Columbus) and his wife, Dona María de Toledo (a great niece of King Ferdinand I of Aragon). At its center, a standing statue of "Frey Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres", third Governor General of Santo Domingo. At the beautiful central esplanade, concerts, shows and festivals take place. Unmissable at any visit to Santo Domingo's "Ciudad Colonial"! Enjoy!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Andrew M wrote a review Feb. 2020
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The Plaza de España is a historic square in the colonial district of the city. It is located in the north eastern section of the colonial zone. In the center of the square is a statue of the 3rd Govenor of Santo Domingo, Nicolas de Ovando. His statue stands on a two tiered base which has the words,"Supreme Commander of the Order of Alcantara” and “Founder of the New City of Santo Domingo”. Nicolas is remembered for moving the site of the city in 1502, from the right bank of the Ozama river to it's current location on the left bank. He was also responsible for constructing the first buildings in the colonial zone. Unfortunately he did this by enslaving the indigenous people, and almost eliminating them completely by the end of his rule in 1509. He arrived with 30,000 colonists to populate the island. He was called back to Spain by the King due to his harsh treatment of the local people, but it was too late for them. He died two years after returning to Spain. There are many f&b areas surrounding the square, and the Alcázar de Colón palace stands to it's east.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Alex L wrote a review Feb. 2020
St. Petersburg, Russia181 contributions73 helpful votes
Nice place but pretty crowded inside and not much things to see. Better avoid crowds of tourists by comming early.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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HF1clTS wrote a review Feb. 2020
Naples, United States466 contributions46 helpful votes
The Plaza provided a welcome break from my very hectic day of travel. The building was historic and beautiful, but the surrounding area and local flavor were what made this an exceptional stop.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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