The Dominican Republic is a sovereign state occupying two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, leaving the remaining one-third to the west to the nation of Haiti.
Christopher Columbus ‘discovered’ the island of Hispaniola on December 6, 1492, when he landed on the island’s western shores, now Haiti. The island became the first seat of the Spanish colonial rule in the New World. The Dominican people declared independence in November already in 1821 but after many turns and rulers it was not until after the late 1970’s when the state has moved toward representative democracy.
The nature of Dominican Republic is truly unique. At over 3000m in altitude the highest peak in the Dominican Republic and all the Caribbean islands, Pico Duarte and it’s slightly smaller twin summit La Pelona, resides in the Cordillera Central range, the greatest of the Dominican Republic’s mountain chains, located in the centre of the island. Surrounding these magnificent mountains the foothills are filled with a mixture of fertile fields and farmlands before beautiful coastlines with long stretched white beaches and superb golf courses.
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Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and located on the south coast of the island of Hispaniola. This colonial town, founded in 1498 after Columbus’s arrival on the island, was laid out on a grid pattern and became a city model for the New World. Today Santo Domingo is the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean by population.
Listed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites the city in dubbed with “Outstanding Universal value” – UNESCO’s Colonial City of Santo Domingo : “First permanent establishment of the « New World » and capital of the West Indies,the Colonial City of Santo Domingo – the only one of the 15th century in the Americas – was the place of departure for the spread of European culture and the conquest of the continent.”
The city is a multi-coloured fusion of the old and the new. Here you will find exciting historical buildings and culture land marks side by side with the luxury boutique and exuberant nightlife and everything in-between – all with a Caribbean-Latin flair.
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UNESCO – Colonial City of Santo Domingo
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