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Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Santo Domingo south coast
Nickname: La Capital
Motto: Ciudad Primada de América
Santo Domingo de Guzmán (Dominican Republic )
Santo Domingo de Guzmán
Coordinates: 18°30′N 69°59′W / 18.5, -69.983
Country Dominican Republic
Province Distrito Nacional (National District)
Founded August 5, 1494
Government
 - Mayor Roberto Salcedo
Area
 - City 104.44 km² (40.3 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - City 2,084,852
 - Density 8,747/km² (22,654.6/sq mi)
 - Metro 2,253,437
Website: http://www.adn.gov.do/

Santo Domingo de Guzmán (known as Santo Domingo) population 2,084,852 (Metro) (2003), estimated 2,253,437 (Metro) in 2006, is the capital and largest city in the Dominican Republic, and the seventh largest in North America[1]. The city is located at 18°29′N, 69°55′W in the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of the Ozama River. It is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas, and was the first seat of Spanish colonial rule in the New World . In 1930, the city of Santo Domingo was almost completely demolished by a tropical hurricane called San Zenon. Dictator Rafael Trujillo, the incumbent at the time, reconstructed the city and named it Ciudad Trujillo after himself. After his assassination in 1961, Ciudad Trujillo became Santo Domingo de Guzman as today's actual name. Santo Domingo de Guzman is within the boundaries of the Distrito Nacional (D.N.) and the Santo Domingo Province surrounds it. In 2001 a law was approved making Santo Domingo de Guzmán (The City & D.N) less than 200 km² in size, making it the smallest administrative division in the country. Santo Domingo, Spanish for Saint Dominic, may refer to: Chile Santo Domingo, Chile, is a city and also a municipality Costa Rica Santo Domingo, Costa Rica Dominican Republic Santo Domingo, the Dominican capital city, but also used to refer to the the island of Hispaniola as a whole (including present... Image File history File links Downtown_Santo_Domingo. ... EXAMPLE:Laughbox,Blondie,BamBam,Pinkie,etc. ... For other uses, see Motto (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links Red_pog2. ... The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo, which therefore is not in any one of the provinces. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1494 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Not to be confused with capitol. ... Map of Central America and the Caribbean The Caribbean Sea (pronounced or ) is a tropical sea in the Western Hemisphere, part of the Atlantic Ocean, southeast of the Gulf of Mexico. ... The Ozama River (Spanish: Rio Ozama) in the Dominican Republic can trace its source to the Loma Siete Cabezas in the Sierra de Yamasá close to Villa Altagracia. ... Territories in the Americas colonized or claimed by a European great power in 1750. ... This article needs cleanup. ... Frontispiece of Peter Martyr dAnghieras De orbe novo (On the New World). Carte dAmérique, Guillaume Delisle, 1722. ... The 1930 Dominican Republic Hurricane was a small but intense Category 4 hurricane during the 1930 Atlantic hurricane season. ... Rafael Trujillo Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina (October 24, 1891–May 30, 1961) ruled the Dominican Republic from 1930 until his assassination in 1961. ... The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo, which therefore is not in any one of the provinces. ...


Please note that when the article refers to Santo Domingo it is most likely referring to the Greater Santo Domingo Area (D.N + Santo Domingo Province) to avoid confusion of the terms. In some cases it may say D.N. which specifically means the city Boundaries without including the surrounding Santo Domingo province. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Santo Domingo. ... The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo, which therefore is not in any one of the provinces. ... Santo Domingo is a province of the Dominican Republic. ...

Contents

History

Main article: History of the Dominican Republic
Columbus Park
Columbus Park
Fortaleza Ozama, one of the historic destinations in Santo Domingo
Fortaleza Ozama, one of the historic destinations in Santo Domingo
Alcázar de Colón in the historic Center of Santo Domingo"Zona Colonial"
Alcázar de Colón in the historic Center of Santo Domingo"Zona Colonial"


Before the arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492, the Taíno Indians populated the island they called Quisqueya (mother of all lands) and Ayiti (land of high mountains) or what is known today as Hispaniola, including the part now occupied by the Republic of Haiti. At the time, the island was governed by a system of Casicazgo (chieftains) consisting of five divisions; Marien, Magua, Maguana, Jaragua and Higuey by caciques (chiefs) like Guacanagarix, Maireni, Macorix, Caonabo, Enriquillo, Hatuey among others. The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern five-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1728x2304, 1873 KB) Source: I User:EdwinCasadoBaez took this pic on a trip to Santo Domingo on January 7,2007. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1728x2304, 1873 KB) Source: I User:EdwinCasadoBaez took this pic on a trip to Santo Domingo on January 7,2007. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 1. ... Christopher Columbus (1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator, colonizer, and explorer and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas after the Vikings. ... For other uses, see Taino (disambiguation). ... Early map of Hispaniola Hispaniola (from Spanish, La Española) is the second-largest and most populous island of the Antilles, lying between the islands of Cuba to the west, and Puerto Rico to the east. ... Look up cacique in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Bartholomew Columbus, brother of Christopher Columbus, founded the settlement and named it after Saint Dominic, which is today the oldest European city in the New World. In reality, the city dates back to 1496, the period when the first Europeans settled there, although it was officially founded on August 5, 1498. Governor general Nicolás de Ovando arrived in 1502 with a fleet of 30 ships and 2,500 men.[citation needed] Santo Domingo was destroyed by a hurricane shortly after his arrival and he had it rebuilt on a different site nearby (Meining 1986:9). The original layout of the city and a large portion of its defensive wall can still be appreciated today throughout the Colonial Zone, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990. The Colonial Zone, bordered by the Río Ozama also has an impressive collection of 16th century buildings, including palatial houses and majestic churches that reflect the architectural style of the late medieval period. Bartolomeo Columbus (Bartolomé Colón) was the younger brother of Christopher Columbus. ... Saint Dominic (Spanish: Domingo), also known as Dominic of Osma, often called Dominic de Guzmán and Domingo de Guzmán Garcés (1170 – August 6, 1221) was the founder of the Friars Preachers, popularly called the Dominicans or Order of Preachers (OP), a Catholic religious order. ... is the 217th day of the year (218th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1498 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nicolás de Ovando (Valladolid, 1460–Madrid, 1518) was a Spanish soldier from a noble family and was a knight of the Order of Alcántara. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Separation barrier. ... Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for Colonial City) is the First Settlement made by Columbus and the Spanish explorers in the New World. ... A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 State... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ... The Rio Ozama in the Dominican Republic can trace its beginning to the Loma Siete Cabezas in the Sierra de Yamasá close to Villa Altagracia. ... The quintessential medieval European palace: Palais de la Cité, in Paris, the royal palace of France. ... For the architectural structure, see Church (building). ... The Middle Ages formed the middle period in a traditional schematic division of European history into three ages: the classical civilization of Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and modern times, beginning with the Renaissance. ...


The city's most important colonial buildings include the Catedral Santa María La Menor (Catedral Primada de América), which is the first Catholic cathedral in America; the Alcázar de Colón, once the residence of Don Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus who became viceroy of the colony; the Monasterio de San Francisco, the ruins of the first monastery in America; the Museo de las Casas Reales, the former Palace of the Governor General and the Palace of Royal Audiences; the Parque Colón, a historic square; the Fortaleza Ozama, the oldest fortress in America; the Pantéon Nacional, a former Jesuit edifice now hosting the remains of various renown members of the Dominican Order; and the Iglesia del Convento Dominico, the first convent in America. The riot at the Colonial Building in 1932 The Colonial Building was the seat of the Newfoundland government and the House of Assembly from January 28, 1850 to July 28, 1959 and in 1974 declared a Provincial Historic Site. ... Diego Colón Diego Colón, also, in Portuguese: , (1479/1480, Porto Santo, Portugal – February 23, 1526, Montalbán, Spain) was the firstborn son of Christopher Columbus and his wife Filipa Moniz, and eventually became the Viceroy of the Indies. ... A viceroy is a royal official who governs a country or province in the name of and as representative of the monarch. ... This article concerns the buildings occupied by monastics. ... A Governor-General is most generally a governor of high rank, or a principal governor ranking above ordinary governors. ... The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu), commonly known as the Jesuits, is a Roman Catholic religious order. ... “Dominicans” redirects here. ...


Throughout its first century, Santo Domingo was the launching pad for much of the exploration and conquest of the New World.[citation needed] The expeditions that led to Ponce de Leon's discovery of Puerto Rico, Hernando Cortes' conquest of Mexico and Balboa's sighting of the Pacific Ocean all started from Santo Domingo.[citation needed] See also Agueybana Hayuya Jumacao Discoverer of the Americas Categories: People stubs | 1460 births | 1521 deaths | History of Puerto Rico | Conquistadores ... Hernán Cortés Hernán Cortés (1485 - December 2, 1547) (who was known as Hernando or Fernando Cortés during his lifetime and signed all his letters Fernán Cortés) was the conquistador who conquered Mexico for Spain. ... Vasco Núñez De Balboa (1475–January 15, 1519) was a Spanish explorer, governor, and conquistador. ...


In 1586, Francis Drake invaded and pillaged Hispaniola. This so weakened Spanish dominion over the island that for more than 50 years all but the capital was abandoned and left to the mercy of the pirates. In 1655, the French invaded the west end of the island, and after several treaties and forced annexations, the portion of the island controlled by Santo Domingo was reduced to less than half.[citation needed]Later on, in 1822, the Haitians, commanded by Jean-Pierre Boyer, liberated the entire island from slavery,Dominicans gained their from Haitian rule on February 27, 1844 led by their national hero Juan Pablo Duarte.After various political factions struggled for control of Santo Domingo. In addition to this instability, the country had to fight continuous liberation movements, which were in their totality defeated. In 1861, the Spanish returned to Santo Domingo and annexed the country for four years; this period is known as the Anexión a España. After that, Santo Domingo went through many power changes, including the 20th century Trujillo dictatorship (established after the 1916–1924 occupation by U.S. Marines), which lasted from 1930 to 1961 and ended with the execution of the dictator (during this time Santo Domingo was known officially as Ciudad Trujillo); as well as the multiple presidencies of Joaquin Balaguer, who governed the country for 22 years. These civil wars and political struggles marked the first 70 years of the country's independence. This article is about the Elizabethan naval commander. ... Look up pirate and piracy in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Jean Pierre Boyer (possibly February 15, 1776 - June 9, 1850) was president of Haiti from 1822 until 1843. ... Slave redirects here. ... The Order of Preachers (Ordo Praedicatorum), more commonly known as the Dominican Order, is a Catholic religious order. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about Rafael L. Trujillo, former dictator of the Dominican Republic. ... United States Marine Corps Emblem The United States Marine Corps (USMC) is the second smallest of the five branches of the United States armed forces, with 170,000 active and 40,000 reserve Marines as of 2002. ... Joaquín Antonio Balaguer Ricardo (September 1, 1906 - July 14, 2002) was the President of the Dominican Republic from 1960 to 1962,from 1966 to 1978, and again from 1986 to 1996. ... This article is about the definition of the specific type of war. ...


The year 1992 marked the 500th anniversary, El Quinto Centenario, of Christopher Columbus' discovery of America. The Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colón), with an approximate cost of 400 million Dominican pesos, was erected, amidst great controversy, in honor of this occasion.[citation needed] You might find what you are looking for in any of the following pages Pre-Columbian trans-oceanic contact. ... ISO 4217 Code DOP User(s) Dominican Republic Inflation 8. ...


There are some museums dedicated to the history of the Dominican Republic, the Museo de las Casas Reales is dedicated to the colonial period; while the soon-to-be renovated Museo de Historia y Geografía is dedicated to the Dominican history prior the Discovery up to contemporary times. The history of the Independence is summarized in the Museo y Casa de Duarte and the Altar de la Patria. For other uses, see Museum (disambiguation). ... The Dominican Republic occupies the eastern five-thirds of the island of Hispaniola. ... The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the American continents. ...


The cobblestone streets and late medieval architecture of the Western Hemisphere's first city let visitors glimpse the colonial past as vibrant nightlife, warm beaches and up-market resorts take historic Santo Domingo into its future.[citation needed] A cobblestone-covered street Cobblestones are stones used in the pavement of early streets. ... Church of the Intercession on the Nerl(1165) - an archetypal example of early Russian architecture. ...


Geography

Santo Domingo Este and D.N of the city Separated by the Ozama River
Santo Domingo Este and D.N of the city Separated by the Ozama River

Santo Domingo is separated from east to west by the Ozama River The river flows 148 kilometers before emptying into the Caribbean Sea. This position was of great importance to the city's economic development and the growth of trade during colonial times. The Ozama River, located to the east of the city, is where the country's busiest port is located. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Santo Domingo Este is the provincial capital of the Dominican Province of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. ... The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo, which therefore is not in any one of the provinces. ... The Ozama River (Spanish: Rio Ozama) in the Dominican Republic can trace its source to the Loma Siete Cabezas in the Sierra de Yamasá close to Villa Altagracia. ... The Ozama River (Spanish: Rio Ozama) in the Dominican Republic can trace its source to the Loma Siete Cabezas in the Sierra de Yamasá close to Villa Altagracia. ... The Ozama River (Spanish: Rio Ozama) in the Dominican Republic can trace its source to the Loma Siete Cabezas in the Sierra de Yamasá close to Villa Altagracia. ...


Metropolitan Santo Domingo is divided into four municipal Sections mostly for administrative reasons. These sections are Santo Domingo Norte, Santo Domingo Este, Santo Domingo Oeste, which all together make part of the Santo Domingo province and Santo Domingo de Guzman which is within the D.N boundaries, all of which have different administrative orders. Santo Domingo to the north has the section of Villa Mella (Municipal District) which makes part of Santo Domingo Norte (Municipal Section). To the east it has San Isidro (Municipal District) and to the west it borders Province of San Cristobal and Bajos de Haina. The Ozama River and Isabella end at the Center of Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo is relatively low in altitude with several high hills. Santo Domingo is a province of the Dominican Republic. ... The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo, which therefore is not in any one of the provinces. ... San Cristóbal, the Spanish language name of St. ...


Climate

The average temperature varies little in the city, because the tropical tradewinds help mitigate the heat and humidity throughout the year. December and January are the coolest months and July and August are the warmest. Santo Domingo and the rest of the country are in the Caribbean and have a tropical climate, which makes them very vulnerable to hurricanes.

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Avg high °F (°C) 82
(27)
82
(27)
83
(28)
84
(28)
84
(28)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
86
(30)
85
(29)
82
(27)
84
(28)
Avg low temperature °F (°C) 70
(21)
70
(21)
71
(21)
73
(22)
75
(23)
76
(24)
76
(24)
76
(24)
75
(23)
75
(23)
73
(22)
71
(21)
73
(22)
Rainfall in. (cm) 2.2
(5)
1.5
(4)
1.9
(4)
3.0
(7)
7.0
(17)
6.1
(15)
6.1
(15)
6.4
(16)
6.8
(17)
6.5
(16)
4.4
(11)
2.5
(6)
54.5
(138)
Source: Weatherbase

Development

Santo Domingo contains a wide variety of incomes, ranging from the extremely poor to the highly rich. Areas of high income families are found in the central Poligon of the city, which is bordered by the Autopista Kennedy to the North, Avenida 27 de Febrero to the South, Avenida Winston Churchill to the west and Maximo Gomez to the east and is characterized by its mostly residential area and its distinguished nightlife.


Santo Domingo has areas of high development like Naco, Arroyo Hondo, Piantini, Paraiso, Bella Vista, Sarasota and other neighborhoods, which mostly consist of costly buildings and luxury houses, contrasting with the outskirts of the city like Villa Mella, Los Alcarrizos and Herrera which are less economically developed.


Bella Vista and La Esperilla are currently the neighborhoods with the highest income growth and with tall mega-construction projects sparking the city skyline. Gazcue is one of the more historic places in the city, dating back to its early construction in the 1930s until the 60's.


Commercial centers in the city are mostly found in Avenida Winston Churchill, where large plazas like Acropolis Center and large supermarkets are found. This area is home to most of the banks in the city like Scotiabank, Citibank, Banco BHD, Banco del Progreso, Banreservas, to name a few. 27 de Febrero Avenue is very commercially successful and is considered the most important crosstown avenue in the city. The oldest mall plazas in the country are Plaza Central and Plaza Naco, which served as the first commercial center in the city until the recent construction of others, which quickly became new alternatives. Bella Vista Mall and the Acropolis Center are two of the newest malls built in the city, attracting much of the high income families. Scotiabank (Banque Scotia)(TSX: BNS NYSE: BNS), formally known as The Bank of Nova Scotia is one of Canadas Big Five banks. ...


Most of the city's poor live in the barrios outside the center. Some live in extreme conditions of poverty and in slums, intensifying the city's economic contrast. Santo Domingo Norte is statistically the poorest subdivision of the metropolitan area.[citation needed] Santo Domingo Norte is a city in the north o f the province Santo Domingo were is bordering the province Monte Plata. ...


Government and Politics

Santo Domingo is the center of the national government of the Dominican Republic. The National Palace, which is the President's office, as well as the National Congress, are located in the metropolitan area. The current mayor of the City of Santo Domingo is Roberto Esmérito Salcedo of the governing Dominican Liberation Party. The City is administered by the Ayuntamiento del Distrito Nacional (City Hall), which is responsible for municipal functions. The "Policia Nacional" (National Police) and "Policia Turística" (Tourist Police) (POLITUR) are assigned for enforcing city safety. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Distrito Nacional is a subdivision of the Dominican Republic enclosing the capital Santo Domingo, which therefore is not in any one of the provinces. ...


Landmarks

Catedral Santa María La Menor (Catedral Primada de América), first cathedral in the Americas.
Catedral Santa María La Menor (Catedral Primada de América), first cathedral in the Americas.

Famous landmarks in Santo Domingo include the Calle El Conde, the Puerta de la Misericordia, the Catedral Santa María La Menor (Catedral Primada de América), and the Alcázar de Colón, all of which are located within the Zona Colonial district of the city. This part was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 1301 KB) Exterior of Catedral Primada in Santo Domingo, Dominican Repubblic. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2272x1704, 1301 KB) Exterior of Catedral Primada in Santo Domingo, Dominican Repubblic. ... Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for Colonial City) is the First Settlement made by Columbus and the Spanish explorers in the New World. ...

Faro a Colón
Faro a Colón

Outside of the colonial quarters, the area surrounding the Malecón (seawall) is a vibrant commercial and tourist center, having as a centerpiece the large obelisk located at the eastern end of the George Washington avenue. Havana (Spanish (IPA pronunciation: ) in full: Ciudad de La Habana, formerly named San Cristóbal de La Habana; UN/LOCODE: CU HAV) is the capital of Cuba. ...


Other places of interest are Plaza de la Cultura, which houses the city's most important cultural venues such as the Teatro Nacional and the Museo de Arte Moderno; the Palacio de Bellas Artes, a neoclassical theatre that is the permanent home of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional (National Symphony Orchestra); the Parque Mirador Sur, a six square kilometers park in the southwestern part of the city; the Faro de Colón, a cross-shaped lighthouse built in honor of Christopher Columbus; and the Boulevard 27 de Febrero, a pedestrian promenade located on the busy Avenida 27 de Febrero which displays many works of art from prominent Dominican artists and sculptors. The Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) is part of the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Plaza) complex, located in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ... The Museo de Arte Moderno or National Museum of Modern Art is located in Chapultepec Park, Mexico City, D.F., Mexico. ... Palacio de Bellas Artes The Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) is the premier opera house of Mexico City. ... Christopher Columbus (1451 – May 20, 1506) was a navigator, colonizer, and explorer and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas after the Vikings. ...


Another attraction is the Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte a sports complex in the center of Santo Domingo. This complex was used during the 2003 Pan-American Games, but has been severely abandoned since.


Colonial District of Santo Domingo

Oldest Continuously Populated City in The New World.[citation needed] It can be traced back to as early as 1500's after Columbus arrival. Colonial City is a UNESCO Historic Site. Discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1492 Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for Colonial City) is the First Settlement made by Columbus and the Spanish explorers in the New World. ... UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. ...


Museums

The City of Santo Domingo has numerous museums, most of them are within the Zona Colonial District.

  • Museum of Alcázar
  • Naval Museum of the Atarazanas
  • Museum of the Casas Reales
  • Museum of Duarte
  • Museum of Natural History
  • Museum of Dominican Man
  • World of Ambar Museum
  • Museum of Modern Art
  • National Museum of History and Geography

Parks and Recreational Areas

Santo Domingo has various parks, three of which are called Miradores and are located in the North, South and east sections of the city. Even though these parks are relatively big, Santo Domingo still lacks enough recreational areas.

  • Mirador Norte Park, lies in the North of the city close to Villa Mella
  • Enriquillo Park
  • Mirador Sur Park, located in the Southwest section of the city
  • Mirador Este Park, located across the Ozama River near Faro Colón
  • Independencia Park, located in Zona Colonial
  • Colón Park, located in Zona Colonial
  • Las Praderas Metropolitan Park
  • The Malecon, cityfront coastal park
  • Dr. Rafael M. Mascoso National Botanical Garden
  • National Zoo
  • Barrio Chino ( Chinatown )

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Transportation

Informal

Santo Domingo is provided with a large amount of informal transportation due to the lack of government funded transportation. These kinds of informal transportation is either by conchos(Cheap motorcycle taxi), Guaguas/voladoras(Cheap old buses), and carro publicos(share taxi).


Highways

The City of Santo Domingo is the Terminus for three of the five national highway connecting the city to the rest of the country. The city is provided access to the Southwest by national highway DR-2,Northwest by DR-1 including the second most important city of the country, Santiago, connected to the east by the most modern highway of the country DR-3 and recently will be connected to the northeast by a junction of the newly constructed Samana Highway with DR-3 There are various Highways and Routes in the Dominican Republic. ... DR-2 is the second numbered highway In the Dominican Republic. ... DR-1 is a four-lane, divided highway in the Dominican Republic and runs from Santo Domingo to San Fernando de Monte Cristi passing by important cities like Concepción de la Vega and Santiago de los Caballeros and other cities like Bonao and Villa Altagracia. ... DR-3 is Highway Number three in The Dominican Republic and its the most important one because it gives Santo Domingo a rapid connection to the East Of The Country were most of the Hotels & Resorts lie. ... DR-3 is Highway Number three in The Dominican Republic and its the most important one because it gives Santo Domingo a rapid connection to the East Of The Country were most of the Hotels & Resorts lie. ...


Rail

Planned Stations of the Santo Domingo Metro
Main article: Santo Domingo Metro

The Santo Domingo Metro is a 15km underground and elevated system consisting of three proposed lines. The first line is currently under construction and crosses the Santo Domingo province from north to south. This line will begin elevated at Villa Mella (Santo Domingo Norte), located north of the Isabela River and north of the city center and will terminate at Centro de los Héroes in the southern coast of Santo Domingo, near the seawall district (Malecon). Some of the stops on the first line will be the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre), the main campus of the Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and Avenida Lincoln. Planned Stations of the Santo Domingo Metro Alstom Metropolis trainsets on order Map showing proposed lines for Santo Domingo Mass-Transit System The Santo Domingo Metro is a rapid transit system under construction in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. ... Santo Domingo Norte is a city in the north o f the province Santo Domingo were is bordering the province Monte Plata. ... The Teatro Nacional (National Theatre) is part of the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Plaza) complex, located in Santo Domingo. ... The Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) was the first university of the new world. ...


The second line is proposed to run in an east-west direction beneath Avenida 27 de Febrero, crossing the first line. The third line will also run in an east-west direction, but it will run beneath Avenida John F. Kennedy.[citation needed]


The first line is expected to be completed for February 27, 2008, but not available to the public until May 2008[citation needed]. Presently around 85% of the physical construction is done and the viaduct is almost completely finished. is the 58th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Charles de Gaulle station will be named after Dominican martyr Florinda Soriano Muñoz (Mamá Tingó).


Airports

  • Las Américas International Airport

Santo Domingo is served by two international airports, the main one being Las Américas International Airport JFPG. The airport has two terminals, the newer one just completed in 2006 added four more gates on the northern end of the facility. The airport is currently the busiest in the country, handling over 2.5 million passengers per year.[2] SDQ redirects here. ...

  • La Isabela International Airport

The Aeropuerto Internacional La Isabela is a secondary, newly constructed airport located in the northern section of the city, within kilometres of the city center. It is not currently used as a major international airport, servicing mostly domestic and charter flights. It was built to replace the obsolete Herrera Airport, which was considered by many too dangerous due to the proximity to commercial and residential areas.[citation needed] La Isabela Airport is also conveniently located just on the outskirts of the city and most of the internal flights of the country can be carried out here, flights to the north of the island such as Samana can be booked here with airlines serving like caribair and aerodomca. Many pilots also cited the length of the runway as inadequate for most private jets[citation needed]. LA ISABELA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT La Isabela International Airport (IATA: JBQ, ICAO: MDJB) This airport was created in 2006 to replace the Herrera International Airport. ...


Ports

  • Port of Santo Domingo: Sans Souci

Port of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Sans Souci is located in the Ozama River. Its location at the center of the Caribbean is well suited for flexible itinerary planning and has excellent support, road and airport infrastructure within the Santo Domingo region, which facilitate access and transfers. The port is suitable for both turnaround and transit calls.


The port’s renovation is part of a major redevelopment project, aimed at integrating the port area and the Zona Colonial and foster a cruise, yacht and high-end tourism destination. Supported by legislation approved in 2005, the project, developed by the Sans Souci Group also includes the development of a new sports marina and a 122-acre mixed-leisure real estate development adjacent to the port.


Communication

Television Signals In Santo Domingo

They are 15 TV stations (both UHF and VHF) in Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo has the greatest number of TV signals in the country, followed by Santiago De los Caballeros.


Additional cable TV channels are provided by companies like Aster, Cable TV Dominicana and Telecable.


VHF

  • Teleantillas (2)
  • CERTV (4)
  • Telemicro (5)
  • Antena Latina (7)
  • Color Visión (9)
  • Telesistema (11)
  • Telecentro (13)

UHF

  • Digital 15 (15)
  • Telefuturo (23)
  • RNN (27)
  • Supercanal (33)
  • CDN (37)
  • Coral 39 (39)
  • Teleradio América (canal 45)
  • Santo Domingo TV (canal 69)

Radio Stations In Santo Domingo

In Santo Domingo there are100 different stations in AM frequency and 44 in FM frequency.


Telephone Provider

CODETEL (Compañía Dominicana de Teléfonos) was originally the provider of telephone service in the Dominican Republic since the 1940s. The company was later bought by GTE (Later Verizon). By 2004 the company was named Verizon Dominicana; and was later sold to América Móvil; it was named CODETEL again, because of marketing strategy. The company uses the name Claro for its cellular phones division. The second landline competitor is Tricom, which is a minor competitor, Codetel being the dominant service provider in the country. Other mobile providers include Tricom, Cenntenial and Orange, the last and Claro having the majority of the mobile phone service provider market. CLARO - CODETEL is the largest telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic providing local, long-distance, and wireless voice services, together with advanced data services, to approximately a million customers. ... General Telephone and Electronics (GTE) was the largest of the independent US telephone companies during the days of the Bell System. ... This article or section should include material from Bell Atlantic This article or section should include material from GTE Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) is a local exchange telephone company formed by the merger of Bell Atlantic, a former Bell Operating Company, and GTE, which was the largest independant local exchange... CLARO - CODETEL is the largest telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic providing local, long-distance, and wireless voice services, together with advanced data services, to approximately a million customers. ... América Móvil (NYSE: AMX, BMV: AMX, NASDAQ: AMOV) is the largest mobile network operator in Germano America and Latin America and the largest corporation in Latin America. ... CLARO - CODETEL is the largest telecommunications company in the Dominican Republic providing local, long-distance, and wireless voice services, together with advanced data services, to approximately a million customers. ... Claro is a mobile phone network in Brazil, Peru, Chile, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. ...


The National Area Codes are 809 and 829. In 2005 a new area code (829) was made as an overlay of 809 due to the increase of fax, internet, mobile, and ground lines created in the last decade. The Dominican Republic uses +1-809-XXX-XXXX and +1-829-XXX-XXXX as the official format for telephone numbers.


Internet Information

.do is the internet code for The Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic has an estimated 1,000,000 internet users. .do is the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) for the Dominican Republic. ...


Education

There are eighteen universities in Santo Domingo, the highest number of any city in the Dominican Republic. Established in 1538, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) is the oldest university in the New World and is also the only public university in the city. Santo Domingo holds the nation's highest percentage of residents with a higher education degree.[citation needed]. Frontispiece of Peter Martyr dAnghieras De orbe novo (On the New World). Carte dAmérique, Guillaume Delisle, 1722. ...

  • Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD)
  • Universidad Adventista Dominicana (UNAD)
  • Universidad APEC (UNAPEC)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Santo Domingo (INTEC)
  • Universidad del Caribe (UNICARIBE)
  • Universidad Iberoamericana (UNIBE) (UNIBE)
  • Universidad Católica de Santo Domingo (UCSD)
  • Universidad de la Tercera Edad (UTE)
  • Universidad Tecnológica de Santiago (UTESA)
  • Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña (UNPHU)
  • Instituto de Ciencias Exactas (INCE)
  • Universidad Organización y Método (O&M)
  • Universidad Interamericana (UNICA)
  • Universidad Eugenio María de Hostos (UNIREMOS)
  • Universidad Francisco Henríquez y Carvajal (UFHEC)
  • Universidad Instituto Cultural Domínico Americano (UNICDA)
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM)
  • Instituto Tecnológico de las Americas (ITLA)

The Autonomous University of Santo Domingo —or Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) in Spanish— is a public university in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ... Universidad APEC (UNAPEC) is a university in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. ... Instituto Tecnológico Santo Domingo (INTEC) is a private university founded in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic during June of 1972 by a group of young professionals and is considered one of the countries premiere institutes of higher education. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Pontifical Catholic University Mother and Teacher Spanish: Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra (PUCMM) is the private, Catholic university in the Dominican Republic and is considered the countrys premier institution of higher education. ...

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Sister cities

Santo Domingo has twinning agreements with the following sister cities: This article is about partnerships between towns distant from each other; see Twin cities for the different concept of physically neighbouring cities. ...

Notable residents

See also

References

  • Meinig, D.W. (1986). The Shaping of America: a Geographic Perspective on 500 Years of History. Volume I - Atlantic America, 1492-1800. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-03882-8
  • Santo Domingo; Fragmentos De Patria by Banreservas ISBN 99934-898-9-5

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