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Parque Independencia

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Cody wrote a review Jun 2020
Fort Worth, Texas49 contributions2 helpful votes
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A nice way to spend the day taking in the culture and history of the area. Learn about leaders along a brief walk.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Andrew M wrote a review Feb 2020
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The Independence Park is a must visit in Santo Domingo. It is easily reached by bus, as many routes start at the park. After walking through the Puerta del Conde (Gate of the Count) you will see the Alley of Heroes. This section was completed on 27 Feb 2017, to celebrate the 173rd anniversary of independence from Hatian rule. A plaque on the right, makes reference to the heroism of General Luperon during the war of restoration in 1865. In the middle of this area is a star shaped monument, which has the cardinal points indicated. This is the zero kilometer marker of Santo Domingo, and all street measurements are taken from this site. If you continue walking west through the park, the Altar of the Fatherland, will be seen. This building was constructed in 1976, and the remains of the three leaders of "La Trinitera" are interred here. Statues of each person, sculpted by Nicholas Arrighini, from left to right are, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, Juan Pablo Duarte and Matías Ramón Mella. In a chamber below, the names of the three men are in gold letters on a marble tomb, on which an eternal flame burns.Their remains were previously held under the Puerta del Conde, where the declaration of independence was announced on 27 February 1844. Before this period, their remains were at the Chapel of the Immortals of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo. If you continue walking to the southern area of the park, there are two more monuments to be viewed. The first is Manuela Díez Jiménez, the mother of Juan Pablo Duarte. She is remembered as a patriot, as she sold her property to buy weapons for the independence movement. Her house was also used for secret meetings of the Trinity, and she suffered abuse from the Hatians for her support of the rebels. She died in 1858 in Venezuela. To the left, is a bust of Pedro Alejandro Pina, who lived between 1820-1870. He was one of the nine members who formed "La Trinitera" on 16 July 1838. When the group began public protests against Hatian rule in 1843, he was exiled to Curacao with Duarte and Pérez. He returned with Duarte in 1844 when Independence was achieved, but both were again sent to exile in Venezuela the following year, when Santana took power. He returned to the DR again to fight the French attempted takeover, the restoration war against the Spanish and the attempted annexation by the USA. He was an influential politician until his death. After visiting the park, nearby attractions include the 1965 civil war monument and cemetery, a short walk west of the park and Fuerte de la Concepción, a short walk north.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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ClaudioY8 wrote a review Jan 2020
North Carolina319 contributions89 helpful votes
Nice, clean and peaceful park across from zona colonial, this is a nice place to learn some history of Dominican Republic.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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PaulMaryRC wrote a review Dec 2019
Eastbourne, United Kingdom167 contributions67 helpful votes
A nice square to walk through but nothing special. It is an open space and leads to some restaurants.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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David D wrote a review May 2019
Devon, United Kingdom8,785 contributions1,549 helpful votes
Tuesday 16th April and we were on a Tour of the old Colonial City of Santo Domingo. As part of our tour took we walked to the top of Calle El Conde where Puerto del Conde and this historic park are located. The Park commemorates the Country's Independence, whereby they gained autonomy from Haiti, was declared on the 27th February 1844 by Francisco del Rosario Sánchez. He also raised the Dominican Republic's Flag. Sánchez was one of the 3 (Los Trinitarios) the Republic’s founding Fathers. Also located in the Park is the Altar de la Patria, which is a mausoleumin to the 3 founding fathers of the Country and it is where their remains have been laid to rest. While walking up to the Mausoleum there were a number of statues commemorating the great and the good of the Dominican Republic Take time out and relax, sit on one of the benches, and soak up the historic atmosphere of place of National importance.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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