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Colonial City of Santo Domingo
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 1498
Date of Inscription: 1990
Location: The Americas, Caribbean, Dominican Republic, Distrito Nacional
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Six official UN languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish
Other languages: Italian, Japanese
Description: Following the 1492 arrival of Christopher Columbus on the island, Santo Domingo was the location of the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in all of the Americas. This colonial town, which has been around since 1498, was constructed on a grid pattern, which later became the typical model for town planners in the New World. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Ciudad Colonial (Spanish for Colonial City) is the first settlement made by Columbus and the Spanish explorers in the New World. It has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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