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Columbus Lighthouse

Av. Espana | On the water side of Los Tres Ojos, near the airport in the Sans Souci district, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Ranked #29 of 65 Attractions in Santo Domingo
Type: Lighthouses, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Landmarks
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Owner description: This multi-million-dollar lighthouse was built in 1992 to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of Columbus's landing in the Americas and is the site of the explorer's bones.

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Brussels, Belgium
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113 reviews 113 reviews
53 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Large ugly concrete building that acts as a lighthouse, something we never saw during our stay in SD. Time and wheater has an impact on the building and surrounding park. Ok for a quick photo but nothing else. Outside you will see one of the first pope vehicles in a really bad state. The place clearly shows what you can... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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90 reviews 90 reviews
32 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Columbus lighthouse (Faro a Colon) is an impressive landmark and in its beginnings used to be an impressive place to visit. Well kept museum and the lighthouse was something out of this world (It could be seen from the whole city) After years of sub-par maintenance it may not be a shadow of what it used to be.

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Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

The Columbus "Lighthouse" is not really a lighthouse but a huge building which defies logic. If you would fly over it, you would see a "Catholic" cross. It's been build during the Trujillo dictatorship and only finished later under the Balaguer "regime" (Balaguer was democratically elected but had a history of power under Trujillo). The building is what was meant... More

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Umatilla, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We stopped here as a group and got the tour. This was constructed in 1992 for the pope's visit for the 500 year anniversary of Christopher Columbus discovering the new world. It is considered a lighthouse and apparently has a cross shape when lit up. They have the pope's car on display out front and there is an impressive marble... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

The only interesting thing we saw was the Columbus tomb. The rest was borind and was not even authentic artifacts. Employees lazy on the phones. The lights went out and not one got up their seats to do anything. I was upset we paid to see nothing.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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50 reviews 50 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Went here during the day. Saw the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Also learned history about other places he "discovered" in the Americas. My favorite part of this place was the room which held pictures of the Virgin Mary with the name she is known by throughout the Americas.

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Chicago, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

Is it a big structure? Yes. Does it look old? Yes, but really, it isn’t anywhere near as old as it looks. It was built in the 80s-90s. I’m trying to understand this structure, it looks impressive on the outside, but it is nowhere near as impressive on the inside. Why? There is a nice marble statue in the center... More

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North Bay, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Visited this monument with mixed feelings as I am not a fan of Christopher Colombus but hey, after 20 plus years of visiting the Dominican Republic, finally decided to check it out with a visiting group of Italian friends who do not share my opinion of Columbus.

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Belleville, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

very interesting building, did not get to go up close because of timing with tour but very neat and lots of history and stories about the place. Many great photo areas to see.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

I will never understand why monuments are made (and millions paid!) for colonists that murder the native people and then bring in slaves from other lands to further exploit the land! Visitors come from all over the world to see this monument. I saw sadness. Goliath monument. Seen that and did not buy the T shirt. If you are in... More

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