Upon the heights of Santo Domingo, in the park district, stands the impressive 'Faro Colon', built in 1992 to commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the discovery of America. The famous monument, in the shape of a cross (when seen from above) shelters the mausoleum which supposedly holds Christopher Columbus' body, although the debate on the location of the explorer's remains still runs. The architects of the gigantic building were ambitious as its dimensions prove: 755ft long, 230ft wide and as much in height. The surrounding gardens offer a beautiful walk (though there is little shade), but best of all it offers an unrestricted view of the capital.
It stands on the spot where the city was founded in 1496 on a hill in the middle of Mirador del Este Park, in the east of the city.© OT Republique Dominicaine
Financed by the Latin American states, it cost several million dollars to build and is not popular with everyone.© OT Republique Dominicaine
If you would like to venture to the top of the building, which boasts superb panoramic views over the island, the river, and the sea, you have to make arrangements in advance.© C. Rodrigues
The supposed remains of the great admiral are guarded around the clock by soldiers.© C. Rodrigues
DNA tests taken from his bones in the Seville Cathedral confirm that the remains of the man who discovered America are actually buried in Seville.© C. Rodrigues