Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Our second scheduled stop was at the El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse) on the outskirts of Santo Domingo.
One very large building that cost a fortune to build especially in relation to the income level of the population. We just photographed as one tourist stop on our travels and didn’t go in. It’s claim-to-fame is that it is the resting place of Columbus’s remains although that is disputed a bit by Spain and others. It also has a very strong lighting system that projects a cross high into the sky and in doing so uses enough power to cause electrical blackouts in the surrounding community (or so I read somewhere).
El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The English couple of the left and the Dutch couple on the right were always a few steps ahead of me :-).
El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

The steps in the foreground are part of a broad multi-leveled stair case leading up to El Faro a Colón, The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Looking back provides a panoramic view of Santo Domingo. This couple from our tour group must have run up the stairs to keep ahead of me :-).
Step One

El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Crest in front of Columbus Lighthouse


Santo Domingo panorama from the steps of El Faro a Colón (The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

From wiki: Santo Domingo, or Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic. Its metropolitan population was 2,084,852 in 2003, and estimated at 2,253,437 in 2006. The city is located on the Caribbean Sea, at the mouth of the Ozama River. Founded by Bartholomew Columbus in 1496, it is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World. It lies within the boundaries of the Distrito Nacional (D.N.; “National District”), itself bordered on three sides by Santo Domingo Province.

Santo Domingo panorama

Santo Domingo panorama

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