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(note updated at 3-Oct-2007)

This interesting building is another relic from the earliest years of the city of Santo Domingo. It was the Old Colonial Hall and it was built between 1502 and 1504. I don't know if it is used as anything elese, but it houses a museum (Museo de la Villa de Santo Domingo).

It is located in the heart of the oldest part of Santo Domingo, in the corner of Parque Colón and Calle del Conde, a lively street that crosses most of this area of the town.

I had written in original note that the building was built during the Haitian occupation, but Emile pointed me that I was wrong. There is indeed a charming building from that time, but it is on the opposite side of Parque Colón.

Some of the critics refer that the image is tilted. In these shots made with such upwards angle, it is difficult to distinguish between inclination and the natural convergence resulting from the angle of the CCD with the vertical planes of the subject, but I am pretty sure that it is not tilted. I guess that the fact that the flag poles aren't straight, but naturally inclined to the right instead, reinforces the confusion, because some persons expect to see them vertical.

For the sake of realism, I decided keeping the electric wires (someting I didn't in WS #2). Charo did a nice job cloning the wires and also the decrepit house on the lower right corner in her WS #4.

I posted two complementary POV's as WS's. The #2 is more frontal and it was shot on the right of this one. The #3 shows the whole side of the building towards Parque Colón and it was shot some 50 meters to the left.

Location (latitude, longitude): 18.47356,-69.88454

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