Tourism February 26, 2024 | 8:19 am

Renovated Gate of Mercy in Colonial Zone unveiling today

Santo Domingo.- Today, the Ministry of Tourism is set to unveil the newly restored Gate of Mercy, marking the completion of a comprehensive revitalization effort led by the Executive Committee of Infrastructure in Tourist Areas, in collaboration with the National Directorate of Monumental Heritage under the Ministry of Culture.

The historical significance of the “Door of Mercy” is deeply rooted in its association with the pivotal moment when Ramón Matías Mella, alongside compatriots advocating for national independence, fired the blunderbuss that signaled the establishment of the Republic on February 27, 1844, freeing the nation from foreign powers.

Situated in the Colonial Zone, the Gate of Mercy holds a special place as a key exit from the walled city. It evolved into an extension of the historic center, serving as a vital passage between the New City and Colonial City of Santo Domingo in the late 19th century.

The restoration of this iconic colonial structure, also known as Puerta de Santiago or Puerta Grande, commenced in 1980. Originally designed and constructed by architect Rodrigo de Liendo in 1543 as part of the Walls of Santo Domingo, the renovation efforts focused on transforming it into a unified plaza with a single-platform pavement, fostering a democratic sense throughout the area. This strategic urban integration aims to connect both sides of the city, ensuring a harmonious relationship between the monument and its citizens.

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