Santo Domingo – Oldest European City of the New World

Santo Domingo – Oldest European City of the New World

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The Dominican Republic is a country in the Caribbean that shares its land boundary with Haiti on the west. Santo Domingo, officially Santo Domingo de Guzmán, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic and the largest metropolitan area in the Caribbean. Street signs and restaurant menus are written in Spanish, which is the country’s official language. Santo Domingo is the cultural, financial, political, commercial and industrial center. Coffee, sugar, and tobacco are the island’s main sources of income. Tourism is also playing an important part in supporting the economy now. Christopher Columbus visited the island on December 5, 1492. Actually, he founded the island (accidentally), naming it Hispaniola.

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Alcázar Balcony

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Alcázar de Colón

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Panteón Nacional

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Catedral Primada de América

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Fortaleza Ozama

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Mouth of the Rio Ozama

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Convento de los Dominicos

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Monumento de Fray Antón de Montesinos

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Puerta del Conde

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DR Founding Fathers

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Mausoleum of Christopher Columbus

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Matsumoto Castle – Japans Oldest Castle

Matsumoto Castle – Japans Oldest Castle

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Matsumoto Castle, in Matsumoto city in Nagano Prefecture, is among Japan’s most beautiful castles and along with Hikone Castle, Himeji Castle and Inuyama Castle, is designated as a National Treasure. It also known as the “Crow Castle” because of its black exterior. Matsumoto Castle is the oldest existing castle in Japan and one of Japan’s premier historic castles. It has six floors, including the obligatory hidden floor where the samurai soldiers rested and kept their food and powder supplies. Visitors to Matsumoto Castle must take off their shoes as they climb up the steep wooden stairs.

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