El Faro a Colón

The Columbus Memorial Lighthouse

Santo Domingo

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The Bones

Contact Information
Location: Av. aña (on the water side of Los Tres Ojos, near the airport in the Sans Souci district)  
Phone 809/591-1492
Hours: Tues-Sun 9am-5:30pm
Prices: Admission RD$20 (U.S.$1.25) adults, RD$5 (U.S.30¢) children age 11 and under

Built in the shape of a cross, the towering 688-foot-tall El Faro a Colón monument is both a sightseeing attraction and a cultural center. In the heart of the structure is a chapel containing the Columbus tomb, and, some say, his mortal remains. The "bones" of Columbus were moved here from the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor. (Other locations, including the Cathedral of Seville, also claim to possess the explorer's remains.) The most outstanding and unique feature is the lighting system composed of 149 searchlights and a 70-kilowatt beam that circles out for nearly 44 miles. When illuminated, the lights project a gigantic cross in the sky that can be seen as far away as Puerto Rico.

Although the concept of the memorial is 140 years old, the first stones were not laid until 1986, following the design submitted in 1929 by J. L. Gleave, the winner of the worldwide contest held to choose the architect. The monumental lighthouse was inaugurated on October 6, 1992, the day Columbus's "remains" were transferred from the cathedral.

The Columbus Navigation Homepage  

Back in Santo Domingo, the source of beams projecting the celestial cross is the "Faro a Colon." When it was completed six years ago, critics saw the 10-story-high, cross-shaped structure as a monument to the megalomania of then-President Joaquin Balaguer.

One recent afternoon, only a few tourists were on hand to gawk at the building, whose front is engraved with words that inspired Columbus, such as Aristotle's assertion that between Spain and India "lies a narrow sea that can be crossed in a few days."

The Columbus Monuments Page  
by Peter van der Krogt.

Where was Columbus's first landing place in the New World? Visit the Columbus Landfall Homepage.

Indios Tainos on Santo Domingo's  Malecon (waterfront Boulevard)  for Carnaval in 2002 & 510 years of history

In his own words
First Voyage Report  

"On the thirty-third day after I departed from Cadiz, I came to the Indian sea, where I found many islands inhabited by men without number, of all which I took possession for our most fortunate king, with proclaiming heralds and flying standards, no one objecting."

"In the one which was called Hispana, as we said above, there are great and beautiful mountains, vast fields, groves, fertile plains, very suitable for planting and cultivating, and for the building of houses. The convenience of the harbors in this island, and the remarkable number of rivers contributing to the healthfulness of man, exceed belief, unless one has seen them. The trees, pasturage, and fruits of this island differ greatly from those of Juana. This Hispana, moreover, abounds in different kinds of spices, in gold, and in metals. On this island, indeed, and on all the others which I have seen, and of which I have knowledge, the inhabitants of both sexes go always naked, just as they came into the world, except some of the women,
"And these men were the first who announced it wherever we landed, continually proclaiming to the others in a loud voice, "Come, come, and you will see the celestial people." Whereupon both women and men, both young men and old men, laying aside the fear caused a little before, visited us eagerly, filling the road with a great crowd, some bringing food, and some drink, with great love and extraordinary goodwill.
&"For if anyone has written or said anything about these islands, it was all with obscurities and conjectures; no one claims that he had seen them; from which they seemed like fables. Therefore let the king and queen, the princes and their most fortunate kingdoms, and all other countries of Christendom give thanks to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who has bestowed upon us so great a victory and gift. Let religious processions be solemnized; let sacred festivals be given; let the churches be covered with festive garlands. Let Christ rejoice on earth, as he rejoices in heaven, when he foresees coming to salvation so many souls of people hitherto lost.
Christopher Columbus, br> Admiral of the Ocean Fleet. 
Concerning the Islands Recently Discovered in the Indian Sea   
LLisbon, the day before the Ides of March 1493

Columbus Lighthouse 
"the pageant surrounding the annual Carnival and Independence Day celebrations contains the real history of Hipaniola"

"the Columbus Lighthouse is covered with dark steaks left by polluted rain, thickened by smoke from Santo Domingo's army of diesel generators. As the night darkens, the lighthouse's giant beam turns on and traces a ghostly crucifix in the sky as a reminder of a history that refuses to remain in the past.
These old and new structures are physical testimony to what has happened over the course of five hundred years in Santo Domingo, but the pageant surrounding the annual Carnival and Independence Day celebrations contains the real history of Hispaniola. The participants have broken their island's story down to represent the groups that have played out events the way they are remembered now: the indigenous Taino that Columbus met on Hispaniola in 1492, the slaves brought from Africa to harvest cane in the New World, the spirits and devils of local legend, the youth of New York. At Carnival, the loudest voices come from those who are usually silent: the strongman President is transformed into a smiling wizened old man who provokes only laughter, while those who represent the Taino, the slaves, and the misfits are the most powerful and admired paraders. "
by Michele Wucker
Why the Cocks Fight : Dominicans, Haitians, and the Struggle for Hispaniola
JoaquinBalaguer.com.do  to English by google

President Dr. Joaquín Balaguer & USA President Lyndon B. Jonhson
The controversial 5 -term President was the driving force behind the construction of the Columbus monument in time for its dedication in 1992.

Dominican Carnaval is the past, present & future

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The Bones
Columbus's Death and Burial 

what a long, strange trip 
its been

Christopher Columbus died in Valladolid, Spain, on May 20, 1506, at the age of 54 where he was buried in a small cemetery. The funeral was without much fanfare as he was buried, with only a handful in attendance, in a small monastery at Valladolid, Spain, wearing the habit of the third order of Saint Francis and, according to his wishes, in the chains he wore upon his arrest after his third voyage to the New World.
Three years later on April 11th, 1509, they moved to the monastery Cartulos de Las Cueva in Seville.  By order of his widow, the first Catholic Church in the Americas the Cathedral in Santo Domingo on favored island was his next stop. In 1544  Diego Columbus's widow, Dona Maria De Toledo, to fulfill an expressed wish of the explorer that he be buried in  "THE LAND HE LOVED MOST". 
In 1795 Havana, Cuba  was supposed to take possession to prevent the French from obtaining them but supposedly they got the son's bones instead and records only indicate "some deceased". These bones were then said to have been returned to Seville in 1898 just before Cuba's independence from Spain, although some say it did not happen. In 1877, workers were restoring the cathedral in Santo Domingo and found, under the left side of the altar, a box containing human remains. The box bore an inscription on the inside of the lid that read: "THE ILLUSTRIOUS AND PROMINENT VARON DON CRISTOBAL COLON" 
The oldest cathedral in the Americas where Columbus remains in the colonial zone of Santo Domingo.  

The event recorded in front of numerous prominent personalities is seen as the transcendent event  COLUMBUS MEMORIAL LIGHTHOUSE. These are the bones at the center of the Columbus lighthouse in Santo Domingo dedicated on the 500th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas in 1992. more
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