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Columbus Lighthouse Monument

Columbus Lighthouse © Jefry Lagrange Reyes
Columbus Lighthouse © Jefry Lagrange Reyes

The monument was built on the eastern shore of the Ozama River in the early 1990s, to commemorate both Santo Domingo's status as the oldest European city in the Americas, and the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World. The building is 680 feet (210m) long, and built in the shape of a cross. It houses what is claimed as the remains of Columbus himself, and is fitted with intense lights which project the image of the cross into the sky at night.

The monument was designed by Scottish architect J.L. Gleave, who won an international competition with his plans for the lighthouse. The building is also the repository for numerous documents and artefacts associated with the early Spanish colonial times.

Address: Av. España