The 16th-century "shooting platform" at Fortaleza Ozama in Santo Domingo
The Salto de Jimenoa waterfall in the mountains of the Dominican Republic
The flame inside the Panteon Nacional burns 24 hours a day
All branches of military of the Dominican Republic were represented at Parque de Independencia for the President, during the Dominican Independence Day
The Alcazar de Colon was the home of Diego Colombus, son of Christopher Colombus and was the Governor of the Indies succeeding his father in the early 1500s. Santo Domingo.
Inside of Iglesia de las Mercedes, constructed in the mid-1500s. Santo Domingo.
Looking down from Alacazar de Colon. Santo Domingo.
The 16th-century "shooting platform" at Fortaleza Ozama in Santo Domingo, with the Tower of Homage in the background
Wall of the Torre del Homenaje. Santo Domingo.
A veteran of the Dominican military watches the parade during Indpendence Day
Outside the Panteon Nacional in Santo Domingo
Scene from the square in front of Iglesia de las Mercedes. Santo Domingo.
The Torre del Homenaje was built in 1505 as a part of Fortaleza Ozama to protect Santo Domingo, and is the oldest European military building in America
Ruins of the Monasterio de San Francisco, the first Franciscan monastery in America, constructed in the 1500s. Santo Domingo.
Medieval music from the Music Room of Alcazar de Colon. Santo Domingo.
Colombus brought just over a dozen horses to the New World. They wore armor like this, found in the Alcazar de Colon. Santo Domingo.
Sculpture depicting Mary on her deathbed, surrounded by the Apostles, from the 17th century, in Alcazar de Colon. Santo Domingo.
Ruins of the Hospital San Nicolas de Bari, the New World's first hospital constructed in 1503 and modeled after hospitals in Rome. Santo Domingo.
Dominican Honor Guard outside Panteon Nacional, originally built as a church in the 1700s but later served as a theater where independence from Haiti was planned
Two street vendors in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, play games in between their wares to pass the time.
The 16th-century "shooting platform" at Fortaleza Ozama in Santo Domingo. My "guide dog" can be seen in the photo.
A statue of Gonzalez Fernandez de Oviedo, Spanish historiographer of the Indies, standing in Fortaleza Ozama of which he was in charge for a short period. Santo Domingo
Where the Colombus family ate while supervising the colony. Santo Domingo.
Church of Mercedes honors the patroness of the Dominican people, and was constructed in the mid-1500s. It has survived hurricanes and an invasion by Francis Drake. Santo Domingo
Almost every building in the Dominican Republic proudly displays their flag
Green parrots now nest in the ruins of the 16th-century Hospital San Nicolas de Bari. Santo Domingo.
Inside of the 16th-century Torre del Homenaje in Santo Domingo. It served as a prison until the 1960s.
Painting of Christopher Colombus and his son Diego, with a model of the Santa Maria in the foreground, at the Alcazar de Colon. Santo Domingo.
Many Dominicans use motos for transportation. It's a free-for-all when it comes to driving, and having a highly-maneuverable vehicle seems somewhat safer despite the inherent danger of motorcycles.
Members of the Dominican Navy assemble for parade & review by the President at Parque de Independencia, during the Dominican Independence Day
Proud Dominicans in front of Parque de Independencia, during the Dominican Independence Day