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Monumento a los Heroes de la Restauracion
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Reviewed July 3, 2014

I love the monument it is beautiful and the view you get of the city is amazing. the culture and energy of Santiago you can literally feel it when you visit this amazing place

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

This is a great place to visit to get the layout of the city but also learn some history. On the weekends, the park that surrounds the monument is filled with people hanging out and visiting - a great way to mix with the locals!

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Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was a beautiful sight to see. I visited at night and wish I could have seen it during the day. There are a ton of restaurants around. We even took a carriage ride around the center. A must see in Santiago!

1  Thank kkeith34
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

My husband and I visited the Dominican Republic on two other occasions but hadn't ventured very far from our destination (first time was Las Terrenas, second time was Puerto Plata). This time, we stayed in Puerto Plata, but decided to make a day trip to Santiago. We are so glad we took this opportunity to visit this significant testament to a country that has weathered some difficult history in it's past. We asked some trusted Dominican friends/guides to take us on this excursion and along the way, they talked with us about some of the areas we passed through. We went on a Sunday as our friends said this would be a quiet day to go and we would avoid weekday traffic as well as have the opportunity to mingle with Dominican families who visit this area on Sundays to spend time socializing in this lovely setting, but more on that later.

The monument has had more than one chapter in its history. Our friends told us that during the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo, he had the monument resurrected in his own honor but also to supposedly represent the D.R.'s centennial anniversary of the country's independence from Haiti in the middle 1800's. However, when Trujillo was finally deposed from his dictatorship (he was assassinated), the name of the monument was changed to reflect that it represented the heroes of the war fought in the mid 1800's against the Spanish. One of the heroes honored is Gregorio Luperon. There is a statue of him at the bottom of the hill where the monument stands. Other heroes are represented around the bottom circumference of the hill as well.

You can access this monument by walking up an roadway or walking up a set of stairs - both are a hike, but worth it. We chose to walk up the roadway and skip the steps. As we made our way up, we noted that there were multiple terraced walkways with benches as well as grassy hillsides where people could sit on blankets and picnic. The view from the top is amazing.

Another interesting bit of the monument's story is something our Dominican friends shared with us. They told us to watch how the area began to come alive around 3pm in the afternoon. They said we would see cart vendors beginning to gather to sell drinks and snacks as families started to assemble and socialize with each other on the terraced areas. This is place where families relax together on a Sunday afternoon and so it is more than just a monument. Indeed, we were in the area long enough to see this social picture began to develop. We bought some drinks from a man who was selling various drinks from a cooler that he was carrying and did some relaxing ourselves. Such a nice departure from the frantic pace we are used to at home.

We ate restaurant that is directly beside the monument so we got to see it from that angle too.

Wish that the interior had been open that day so we could have seen the inside too. We'll return and learn more on our next trip.

A side note - on the way into Santiago, our friends also shared a story with us about three sisters who were also heroines of the country - their husbands had been kept imprisoned during the Trujillo regime. There are three busts of these ladies on the main road entering the city.

1  Thank Andi20102010
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Reviewed April 22, 2014

A very nice place to sightsee the city of Santiago. Nice area to walk near the monument very safe and the nightlife its very interesting.

Thank Marino A C
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