Photographer's Note

I am back from my holidays on that beautiful country of the Caribean called Dominican Republic, where I had the privilege to know our TE colleague Emile. The decision of choosing this shot for opening my new travelogue is more sentimental than anything else: it is the first shot I made when I was with Emile, who already posted a photo that he shot at the same time, while he was just on my left.

Like on most of my stay, I didn't feel much inspired to shoot on that day, which is both sad and strange, because the town of Santo Domingo and the country in general is very scenic and the light is magnificent. I returned to the city another day, hoping to get some interesting photos, but all monuments and museums were closed that day, so I couldn't get any shots of the interiors.

The cathedral was built on the early 16th century and besides being the oldest of the New World, it is the only Gothic construction in America (at least if we omit the much later "out of time" constructions like the New York cathedral). It is in the heart of the oldest part of the town (Zona Colonial), which was classified as World Heritage by Unesco in 1990.

Location (latitude, longitude): 18.473,-69.884

Update 5-Jun-2008: I posted a view of the entrance of the cathedral from outside the walls that surround it.

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