Noche Larga de los Museos – Primavera 2016

Noche Larga de los Museos Versión Primavera, Sábado 02 de abril 2016 / Long Night of Museums Spring Version, Saturday April 2, 2016.

Noche Larga de los Museos Primavera April 2, 2016
Noche Larga de los Museos Primavera April 2, 2016

It’s time again for the popular event to happen here in the Colonial City. 4 times a year the Ministerio de Cultura opens the museums up for all to see and its free! From 9AM to Midnight are activities all throughout the Zona Colonial. There is music, dancing, lectures, educational programs, poetry, children’s activities, living statues, lights and art. A plethora of culture and activities all in one day..and its FREE!

There will be special presentations by the Ballet Folklórico Dominicano, el Coro de cámara  del Ministerio de Cultura / Chamber Choir of the Ministry of Culture, Koribe; danza contemporánea / contemporary dance, and DJ music.

Here is the schedule of events happening in Santo Domingo and Santiago in PDF form. programa-Noche-Larga-Museos-Primavera-2016

Merengue singer Geovanny Polanco will be closing the event in Santiago and here in the Ciudad Colonial the closing event is in Plaza España with a presentation by the Ballet Nacional Dominicano.

The museums will be open throughout the day but the big kick-off starts at 6:30 pm at the Museo de las Casas Reales headed by the Ministro de Cultura.




The participating museums include:
*Casa de Tostado
*Fortaleza de Santo Domingo (Ozama)
*Museo Trampolín
*Casas Reales
*Alcázar de Colón
*Centro Cultural Banreservas
*Casa de Teatro
*Centro Cultural de las Telecomunicaciones
*Biblioteca Infantil y Juvenil República Dominicana

Activities and exhibitions at the Capilla de los Remedios
*Plaza María de Toledo
*Plaza Reloj de Sol
*Plaza España

(locations and some information about these monuments in the Colonial Zone visit www.colonialzone-dr.com/sights)

Plus other participation locations:
*Plaza de la Cultura, Santo Domingo
*Faro a Colón, Santo Domingo
*Centro León, Santiago
*Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración, Santiago (this is their first time to participate in the event)

Help To Paint The Colonial Zone August 2, 2014

The Tourism Development Program Colonial City / Programa de Fomento al Turismo Ciudad Colonial, S.D. MITUR – BIDis again having The Help Paint Your House Project / Quinta Jornada de Pintura!

Help Me Paint Your House! / Ayúdame A Pintar Tu Casa

This Saturday August 2nd is the Fifth Day of Painting! The project is to paint the homes and make the Colonial City a more beautiful place. To date 300 houses have been painted in 6 different sectors of the Colonial City.

There have been hundreds of volunteers who have participated in this wonderful and fun initiative. You can be part of the project by volunteering your time and joining in with new friends and neighbors to make our historical city beautiful.

– Date: Saturday August 2
– Time: 9:00 AM
– Meeting on the corner of Calle Duarte and Juan Isidro Pérez at Parque del on the outskirts of the ruins of San Francisco in front of the Parque de las Palomas.

Please confirm your participation by sending us an email info_ucp@sectur.gov.do . If you need more information or assistance email or call 809-221-4660 extention 2086

Help Me Paint Your House! / Ayúdame A Pintar Tu Casa Zona Colonial August 2, 2014
Help Me Paint Your House! / Ayúdame A Pintar Tu Casa Zona Colonial August 2, 2014

Ayúdame A Pintar Tu Casa!
Este sábado 2 de Agosto tendremos nuestra

El proyecto Ayúdame a Pintar tu Casa continúa con el embellecimiento de fachadas de nuestra Ciudad Colonial, a la fecha se han pintado unas 300 casas en 6 diferentes sectores.

Cientos de voluntarios han participado, no pierdas la oportunidad de ser parte de esta hermosa iniciativa.

– Fecha: Sábado 2 de Agosto
– Hora: 9:00 AM
– Calle Duarte, esquina Juan Isidro Pérez, en las periferias de las Ruinas de San Francisco en frente del Parque de las Palomas.

Por favor confirme su participación enviando un correo electrónico info_ucp@sectur.gov.do. Si necesitas más información o ayuda de correo electrónico o llame a 809-221-4660 extensión 2086

Renovada Ciudad Colonial – Disaster on Padre Billini

Here in the Colonial Zone it started raining on Monday. We got about 15 to 20 minutes of hard rain around 6PM. The roads they have been working on with the Renovada Ciudad Colonial Project flooded immediately. The roads that are completed and in service were filled with water. The new drain system could not handle the small downpour. The water was flowing past the drains and down the street. (Please make sure to check the update posted on 7-23-2014 at the end of this post)

Rain Isabel la Católica 6PM
Rain Isabel la Católica 6PM

Rain Isabel la Catolica 6PM
Rain Isabel la Catolica 6PM

The power went out and at the same time the electric lines were waving outside my window. I had to go out to see what was happening. It was an incredible and unbelievable sight.

The grounds got saturated with water. The soft mud could not support the weight of the electrical poles. There is nothing there to hold these large poles in place as the workers have removed all the earth surrounding them.

What did the engineers expect? It does not take an engineering degree to know that these tall poles will fall with nothing to hold them up.

High-power electric poles fall without support
High-power electric poles fall without support

High-power electric poles fall without support
High-power electric poles fall without support

The Bomberos came.
The Police Came.
The Electric Company came.
The TV reporters came.
They all came.
They all looked
They all left.
They all did nothing.
This is what the streets of the Colonial City from Parque Colon down looked like last night.

Night without lights
Night without lights

This morning my building has electricity. I do not know how or why as the lines are still down and others do not have electricity.

It is now 7:45AM and there is not one person working to remedy the problem. There is not one company here even looking to see what can be done.

High-Tension power lines are laying on wet mud covered what used to be roads.
Poles are leaving on homes and businesses.
No one is working.
We have been abandoned.

The CODIA Building on Padre Billini.

Poles against the CODIA building.
Poles against the CODIA building.

Poles against the CODIA building.
Poles against the CODIA building.

High power electric lines all down at Plaza Padre Billini on Meriño and Padre Billini.

Calle Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini
Calle Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini
Calle Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini
Calle Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini
Calle Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini
Calle Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini

Corner of Padre Billini and Meriño
Corner of Padre Billini and Meriño

Calle Padre Billini poles
Calle Padre Billini poles

The corner of Padre Billini and Arzbispo Meriño at Plaza Padre Billini, Plaza Bartolomé de las Casas and Casa del Tostado.

Poles all down at the corner of Padre Billini and Meriño
Poles all down at the corner of Padre Billini and Meriño

If this disaster happened with about 15 minutes of rain with no winds, only a hard short spurt of rain.

Tropical Depression 2 seems to be headed our way. Even if it does not turn into a hurricane we will get rains. Days of rains not just a 15 minute downpour.

What will happen to our Zona Colonial if this happens?

I am afraid to even think about it. A true disaster waiting to happen…

But, on a more positive note – The sun rise over the Zona Colonial at Fortaleza Ozama was spectacular this morning.

Sun rise over Fortaleza Ozama.
Sun rise over Fortaleza Ozama.

UPDATE – Wednesday morning, July 23, 2014

The electric company, EDEESTE, came at 9AM and started working along with the company taking care of the renovations of the Colonial Zone. They up-righted the downed poles and put cement around them to hold them in place. They replaced the poles that needed replaced. They worked hard all day and into the night.

Repairing the downed poles- Calle Padre Billini
Repairing the downed poles- Calle Padre Billini

EDEESTE repairing downed poles at Arz. Meriño and Padre Billini
EDEESTE repairing downed poles at Arz. Meriño and Padre Billini
EDEESTE repairing downed poles at Arz. Meriño and Padre Billini
EDEESTE repairing downed poles at Arz. Meriño and Padre Billini

They had to cut this wonderful tree. Note the burn marks on the street from where the transformer fell.

The electricity came on around 10PM and I still heard the men working after that.

We are all so blessed that no one got hurt when this happened. Also, a big thank you to EDEESTE for taking care of this problem so fast and not making it like the month before where the corner of Padre Billini and Isabel la Católica were without electricity for 6 days.

Today all is back to normal. The work continues on the renewing of the Colonial Zone.

Calle Padre Billini. Teli, Buenagente and Zippy enjoying the dirt roads of the Colonial Zone.
Calle Padre Billini. Teli, Buenagente and Zippy enjoying the dirt roads of the Colonial Zone.

Picture collection of the Renovada Ciudad Colonial – Remodeling of the Zona Colonial – updated often with new pictures.

The Palacio Consistorial

The Palacio Consistoral, originally constructed between 1502 and 1504, was the original location of the old town hall.

Palacio Consistoral, seen from Calle Arzobispo Meriño, Ciudad Colonial
Palacio Consistoral, seen from Calle Arzobispo Meriño, Ciudad Colonial

The building has been remodeled many times losing much of its original facade. The remodeling done In the early 1900’s when the building was again remodeled they brought back much of the buildings original eloquence.

The Palacio Consistoral as seen along Calle el Conde, Zona Colonial, with a view of Parque Colon in the distance
The Palacio Consistoral as seen along Calle el Conde, Zona Colonial, with a view of Parque Colon in the distance

The building an office of the Ayuntamiento del Distrito Nacional di Santo Domingo and Banco de Trabajadores. It also holds many events and exhibitions in its beautiful interior space.

The outside porch of the Palacio Consistorial along Calle Arz. Merino. Colonial Zone
The outside porch of the Palacio Consistorial along Calle Arz. Merino. Colonial Zone

The tower looms high above the Colonial City like a beacon to those trying to find their way. If you are lost just look for this tower and you can find your way back to the Conde.

The tower of the Palacio Consistoral as seen from above.
The tower of the Palacio Consistoral as seen from above.

Palacio Consistorial
Dirección Ejecutiva del Centro Histórico
Arzobispo Meriño on the corner of Calle el Conde, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Pictures – Calle Restauracion at Calle Colon

The section of Calle Restauración to Calle Colón that runs along side Plaza España down to the old ship yards (las atarazanas in Spanish) in the Colonial Zone. It was one of the main streets where all the ships were loaded and unloaded at the Puerta de las Atarazanas of Santo Domingo.

Calle Restoracion looking up towards Plaza España
Calle Restoracion looking up towards Plaza España
Calle Restauración looking towards the  Avenida del Puerto, Zona Colonial
Calle Restauración looking towards the Avenida del Puerto, Zona Colonial
Calle Restoracion and Calle Colon, Puerte del Atarazanas at the entrance to the Plaza de Poesia
Calle Restoracion and Calle Colon, Puerte del Atarazanas at the entrance to the Plaza de Poesia

To see what the area looked like many years ago visit page 4 of the Old Pictures of Dominican Republic page.

For the exact location check the Map of the Colonial Zone around numbers 31 and 88

Iglesia Santa Barbara

Iglesia Santa Bárbara, originally constructed in 1537, as it looks today sitting majestically alone along the north eastern most part of the walled city of Ciudad Colonial in the Santa Bárbara Section of the city.

Iglesia Santa Bárbara, Ciudad Colonial, as it looks today
Iglesia Santa Bárbara, Ciudad Colonial, as it looks today

The side wall is shored-up with heavy steal pipes.

Holding up the walls of the Iglesia Santa Bárbara
Holding up the walls of the Iglesia Santa Bárbara

The opposite side of the Santa Barbara Church looking down Calle Isabel la Católica.

The Santa Barbara Church looking down Calle Isabel la Católica
The Santa Barbara Church looking down Calle Isabel la Católica

The view of the back side of the Iglesia of Santa Barbara.

The back of the Iglesia Santa Barbara.
The back of the Iglesia Santa Barbara.

Iglesia Santa Bárbara/ Church of Santa Barbara

Map of the Colonial Zone