La Puerta del Conde
La Puerta del Conde
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Once part of the city's original walls, this gate is an important landmark in old Santo Domingo.
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
The first European town in the Americas was set here in SD, by the Ozama river where the first (same name) fortress was built. The fortress was enlarged shortly so several gates to the fortified city were built.
Puerta del Conde is the western gate oriented inland, and was built at the beginning/end of the first commercial street Calle el Conde.
Today it's a historic landmark and the gateway to the Independence park behind it.
Written 31 January 2022
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Andrew M
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Jan 2020
This historic gate is located at the eastern entrance of Independence Park on Calle Palo Hincado. On the upper left section of the gate, is a brick arch with a bell. A Dominican flag flies proudly from the top of the gate. To the left of the gate is a bust of Francisco del Rosario Sánchez on a brick base. Two canons guard the entry to the gate. To the right of the gate is a concrete guardhouse with a dome shaped roof. Soldiers are posted in the gate house, which also serves as the entrance to Independence Park. In this area, there is a plaque on the ground which states,"under this arch of the counts door were placed the remains of Duarte Sanchez Mella, from March 27, 1943, until July 15, 1976".

The remains of this famous trio were moved to the nearby Altar de la Patria, a short walk west past the alley of heroes in the Park. The trio were the leaders of "La Trinateria" which fought for Dominican independence from Haiti. The bust of Sanchez outside the gate, has a plaque which states the years of his life i.e. 1817-1861. The plaque also states,"In Gate of the Count,on February 27, 1844, Sanchez raised the first flag of the nascent Dominican Republic,as a symbol of our National Independence". Sanchez took over the leadership of the rebels after Duarte was exiled to Venezuela in 1843, and many members of the group were arrested. It was Sanchez who led the rebels gathered at the nearby, Puerta de la Misericordia, into battle against the Hatian forces which occupied Fortress Ozama. This is why the gate is also known as the "February 27 Gate".

La Puerta del Conde was the western entrance into the old town. Construction of this gate and fort, began in 1543 and it was originally named Fort San Genaro. The defensive walls were further strengthened in 1655, and renamed El Baluarte del Conde (The Count's Bulwark) . El Conde de Peñalve, was a key figure in defending the city, during the Siege of Santo Domingo by the British (April 23–30,1655 ). Other nearby attractions include, the statue of Caamano opposite the gate on Calle el Conde, Fuerte de la Concepción, a short stroll north, and to the west of Independence Park, the 1965 Civil war monument and National cemetery can be viewed.
Written 22 February 2020
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Luis C
Puerto Rico172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019
this is a historical structure i understand that it was the only entrance to the spanish town or settlement.
Written 4 November 2019
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David D
Devon, UK24,934 contributions
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Apr 2019 • Couples
Tuesday 16th April and we walked to the top of Calle el Conde where this historic gate is situated. It was the main entrance to the ancient walled city.

A major historic event took place here on the 27th February 1844 as the Country's independence was proclaimed by Francisco del Rosario Sánchez. He also raised the Dominican Republic's Flag. Sánchez was one of the 3 (Los Trinitarios) the Republic’s founding Fathers.

Walk through the gate and discover Parque Independencia where the Altar de la Patria is located. This is a marble mausoleumin where the remains, of the Founders of the Dominican Republic, rest. Los Trinitarios were Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, and Ramón Matías Mella.

Due to its historical significance Puerta del Conde was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1990.
Written 3 May 2019
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
Entering La Puerta del Conde one feels some elegance and history of Santo Domingo . Sharply attired and neat and clean palace guards are impressive to watch as they patrol the park ceremonially . Lovely and bright Dominican flags pervade and are beautiful as they wave in the pleasant breezes . There is lovely reflecting pool and in a few steps down you see parts of the city wall erected over 400 years ago . Comfortable benches are there for visitors to sit , relax and in a leisurely way just enjoy people-watching . It's a lovely little oasis in the midst of a bustling city .
Written 8 April 2019
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NielEory
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
Es totalmente gratis la entrada, esta muy bien cuidado y custodiado, encontraremos un lugar historico y donde estan los restos de los tres padres de la patria, hermoso lugara.
Is totally free, it is very well kept and guarded, we will find a historical place and where are the remains of the three fathers of the country, beautiful place
Written 12 February 2018
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Leza H
London, UK665 contributions
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Dec 2017 • Friends
Leads in to the fascinating independent square. The gate was once named in honour of Don Bernardino de Meneses Bracamonte y Zapata, Count of Peñalva, who successfully defended the city during the English invasion by William Penn and Venables in 1655. On February 27th 1844 the gate became a symbol of patriotism when the first Dominican flag was raised. The entrance is symbolically guarded. Free to enter.
Written 25 December 2017
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chemiche
Boston, MA19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Couples
This is a nice Walking Area. Lots of people walking up offering tours at cheap prices. Lots of tourists and people off Cruise ships.
Written 20 November 2017
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SMLBill
Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic228 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Business
Just inside this unassuming gate is a beautiful little park right in the heart of the city. It is a fantastic place to escape the heat of the day, sitting on a bench in the shade and watching the world pass by. There are also busts of many of the influential people who crafted the history of this very interesting corner of the world. It is definitely worth the effort to spend a half hour or more taking in this little oasis.
Written 27 May 2017
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chagui153
Patillas, Puerto Rico17 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Business
Very busy place with poor view but picturesque. Tray to go early during the day because during the night it turn dangerous.
Written 12 April 2017
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