Parque Colon

Isabel La Catolica/ El Conde/ Arzobispo Meriņo
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Submitted by: Omar Rancier

Main Square plaza de armas

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Why It Works

The space is dominated by the Santo Domingo Chatedral and Consistorial Palace. It is about 90 x 60 meters, laid with brick, and has very interesting architecture all around it from different styles and historic periods (colonial, republican and modern). There is abundant vegetation around the square and in the center there is a statue of Cristobal Colon.

What Makes Parque Colon a Great Place?

El Parque Colon is accessible on foot and by car. People have free circulation within the square although it is heavily trafficked. The principal intersection of Ciudad Colonial and El Conde, a pedestrian street, cross the north side of the square. El Parque Colon is the best place to start a tour into the colonial city of Santo Domingo

This space is a beautiful one. The presence of the Cathedral, a sixteenth century church, and the different types of architecture in a human scale, conforming a special urban space. The square is a safe place for children with cafes in the north side, is a pedestrian space despite the presence of vehicle traffic on two streets. It is a clean and safe place.

The space is used by men and women of varying ages. Individuals and groups visit the square for the cafe or simply to relax in a beautiful setting. The north side is the most heavily used because of the shade provided by trees and for the proximity to cafes and bars. On the south side we have the north facade of the Santo Domingo Cathedral, a beautiful late Gothic church with a marvelous quatrocentto frontispiece and a wonderful Gothic vault in the interior.

It is the best urban space of Santo Domingo, the oldest European model city of America. The principal groups of users of the Parque Colon are local family groups and tourists. The Cathedral is an element of local pride and identity.

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