Dominican Republic
July 4, 2016

It took about 3 hours to get to Santo Domingo from our hotel, including a brief washroom/shopping stop. Advertising is everywhere - telephone polls, billboards, walls and in Picture 1, on an ambulance.

Our first stop was at the Alcázar de Colón, shown from the outside in pictures 8 to 10, which was originally built in 1514 for Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus, who became viceroy of Spain and the Indies the previous year. It was in this historic building that colonial expeditions were planned and important members of the Spanish court were hosted. The building was badly damaged in the 16th century, but a period of restoration in the 20th century preserved the historical architecture. The building now houses the Museo Alcázar de Diego Colón, a collection of furniture, art and artifacts from the 16th century.

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