"Fortaleza Ozama" Fortaleza Ozama - Ozama Fortress Tip by mikey_e
Fortaleza Ozama - Ozama Fortress, Santo Domingo: 8 reviews and 27 photos
The Fortaleza Ozama is, obviously, one of the oldest European forts in the entire New World, owing to the fact that Hispaniola was the first island to be "discovered" by Christopher Columbus for the Spanish crown. It was from here that conquests of Cuba, Jamaica, Colombia, Mexico and Peru were all launched, and this was an active and functioning military installation right up until 1965 - the last American invasion of the country. It was built in 1502 and is remarkable for its Neoclassical gate. The interior of the Fortress has a large statue that comemmorates González Oviedo, who was the commander of the fort from 1533 to 1557. Oviedo was also the author of of "History of the Indies". You will also find the Torre del Homenaje and the Arsenal inside the fort (see my tips on those two structures). You can get a guided tour of the installations but it isn't necessary - you can also just wander about on your own with guidebook in hand. Watch out, however, as there are some resident roosters near the gates and you don't want to disturb them too much in their daily worm hunts!
Address: Calle de las Damas
Directions: Southern end of the street right on the river's edge
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