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    Today's DR1 news:
    New in Santo Domingo: Plaza Fray Antón de Montesino
    National District Mayor David Collado and Culture Minister Eduardo Selman reopened the plaza dedicated to Fray Antonio de Montesino (1480-1540), the first human rights defender of indigenous people in the Americas. The moving ceremony held on the sea-fronting Malecón plaza remembered Fray Antón de Montesino for his December 1511 sermon when he denounced abuses of the Spanish colonizers against the natives of the island. "The city hears again the cry of freedom of the Sermon of Montesinos that today is perceived in the voices of those who feared walking on the sidewalks around this monument," said Mayor Collado speaking at the inauguration.

    Mayor Collado said RD$24 million were invested in roof waterproofing, new windows, air-conditioning, rebuilding of restrooms, paving the terrace, polishing marble floors and stairs, and implementation of access ramps for people with disabilities. Access roads were rebuilt, space was added for parking, security systems were installed. Landscaping and recovery of the adjacent beach area were also part of the renovations.

    The monument opens to the general public as of Friday, 28 June 2019. The plaza will now have five rooms for cultural activities, and a large terrace that overlooks the Caribbean Sea.

    Speaking at the inauguration, Mayor Collado said the monument is a symbol of the city of Santo Domingo. He thanked the Ministry of Culture and the Mexican Embassy. The 15-meter tall statue was donated in 1982 by the government of Mexico under then-President Jose Lopez Portillo.

    Businessman and history patron Manuel García Arévalo, of the Dominican Academy of History, and Culture Minister Eduardo Selman spoke at the event highlighting the importance of the monument. The monument now will be under the governorship of a public-private management committee, head by Rosanna Rivera.

    Other government officers present at the inauguration were Defense Minister Lieutenant General Rubén Darío Paulino Sem; the president of the Constitutional Court (TC) Milton Ray Guevara; the Dominican Port Authority director, Víctor Gómez Casanova; historian Juan Daniel Balcácer, who presides the governmental Permanent Commission for Patriotic Anniversaries; and the president of the National Drug Control Agency (DNCD), Vice Admiral Félix Alburquerque Comprés. Also participating were business sector people Juan B. Vicini; Ligia Bonetti; the executive vice president of the Dominican Republic Association of Industries (AIRD), Circe Almánzar; Fernando Capellán, Juan José Arteaga and Servio Tulio Castaños, executive vice president of the Foundation for Institutionalism and Justice (Finjus).

    http://hoy.com.do/reinauguran-monume...e-la-dignidad/




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    Quote Originally Posted by 2dlight View Post
    I live half a block from the monument and the renovations, along with concrete sidewalk on the malecón and trimming of trees, have made a significant improvement on the visual impact of the area.
    If possible could you be kind enough to send us some pictures ....gracias
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    There is a poll to get an idea if this monument is popular in DR1.

    https://dr1.com/forums/showthread.ph...ngo)?p=1959843

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Bosch View Post
    If possible could you be kind enough to send us some pictures ....gracias
    Yes.I will visit the site at different times during the next few days and attempt to show the improvement to the site itself and that of the surrounding areas.

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    I found some pictures in this forum, the place looks amazing, needs to scroll down because the pictures are in the bottom

    https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showt...2680&page=1402

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    The monument looks great but I'm so sad about all the trees that were cut down. "Pave paradise put up a parking lot". They also removed some of the giant drift wood logs from the beach that made it unique. Let's see what happens.


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    I found it interesting they build the building around the base of the monument which also seals off access to the misfit and junkies and pervs that used to hang out in the area.

    I hope they maintain a security presence there. Otherwise the street will slowly claim it back.

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    The monument was restored once around 2012. It had all this interesting art called De Mi Barrio (here is a link to my dogs blog with pictures of the art https://colonialzone-dr.com/dominica...om-montecinos/ - if not permitted please remove). There was always military guards. The place was cleaned up. All the human feces and junk were removed and it was a good place to visit. But, as usual, it was left alone again. I even called the Patrimonio to tell them about a tree that was separating the stonework. Nothing was done (you can see in the picture I posted on the left pillar the cement work they finally did from the tree damage) Used as a dump for all the garbage from the Renovation of the Colonial Zone. They closed off the entrances and piled trash all over. It was a disgrace. So again it is restored. I hope they keep it up, but they are not known to do upkeep. They restore monuments, spending millions, then leave it alone to deteriorate.

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    computer translated:

    Monument Fray Antonio de Montesinos receives thousands of people

    By OMAR FURMENTDate: July 1, 2019

    SANTO DOMINGO.- The monument to Fray Antonio de Montesinos received in its first weekend open to the public more than 6 thousand people, after Mayor David Collado inaugurated his renovation.

    Families, young people and tourists came to the emblematic monument to explore the 4 levels that make it up, knowing what it will offer in its facilities and listening to its guides the story that raised Montesinos to be the first proponent of Human Rights.

    During Friday 28, Saturday 29 and Sunday 30, from 9 am to 7 pm, the monument opened its doors for free with a series of activities for the enjoyment of visitors such as live music, tours , art exhibitions by Angurria, Kulia and Fernando Varela, as well as screenings and Microteatro.

    During the tours, visitors expressed their satisfaction with the change in the Malecón de Santo Domingo and now with the recovery of Montesino, which not only gives a fresh and safe air to the city, but also allows connecting the new generations with the history of our country.

    From now on, the Museum of Fray Antonio de Montesino will be open to the public every day, except on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 8 a.m. the night. The same will cost 50 pesos for children and adults.

    The monument will be under the government of Rosanna Rivera and its Museum Coordinator will be Manuel García Arévalo, and will also have a bipartite management committee between the City Council of the National District and the Ministry of Culture.

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    https://almomento.net/monumento-fray...s-de-personas/




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