Even if new Santo
Domingo is rich in hotels, restaurants, cinema and theatres, stores, casino, discos and night
clubs, however offers several
Mercado Modelo, in Mella street, behind the Colonial
City, with sale of local handicrafts,pictures,
Palacio Nacional, in Doctor Delgado street, seat of the government.
Jardin Botanico, in Arroyo Hondo, with
the most big floral clock all over the world and a beautiful Japanese garden.
Plaza de la Cultura, in Gazcue, with Teatro Nacional, Galeria de Arte Moderna, Cineteca, Museo
de Historia Natural, Museo de Historia y Geografia and Museo del Hombre Dominicano.
In front of this museum three statues symbol of Dominican history: Enriquillo,
a Indio rebel against the Spanish conquerors, Lemba, a black that breaks the bonds of the slavery
of his people, and Bartolomeo de Las Casas, a
Spanish preacher that in vain fighted for the defense of the Taino indios.
de Colon, inaugurated in 1992 on the occasion of the Fifth Centenary of America discovery, that contains Cristoforo Colombo
ashes, is lighted by laser lights that cast in the sky
an immense luminous cross visible at wide distance (70 km), has a cross plan and
is of enormous dimensions, 230 meters lenght, 70 meters width and 70 meters high. Was planed by John L. Gleave,
English architect. On the mausoleumlevel
ground, on October 12 Papa Giovanni Paolo II celebrated Mass, on the occasion
of the transport of Colombo ashes from the Cathedral.
Finally, in the suburbs, on the right bank of Ozama river, Los
Tres Ojos, natural cavern with three small subterranean