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Puerta del Conde(Santo Domingo)

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The Puerta del Conde is a 17th century military building, which served as the entrance to the City of Santo Domingo de Guzmán, First of America; at present it conserves on both sides a part of the wall that protected the city, a triangular-shaped ditch facing east and several sentry boxes. It was named in honor of the Count of Peñalva, who fought against the English invasion in 1655. On the arch of the entrance there is a Latin phrase that says: "iDulce et Decori est pro patria morii" or "It is sweet and honorable to die for the homeland". This arched doorway is the place where Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, one of the Founding Fathers of the Dominican Republic, first raised the national flag and proclaimed the
independence of the nation on February 27, 1844. The construction gives access to the Independence Park, in the center of which is the Altar de la Patria. In this park we also find, on the floor sculpted in bronze, the Rose of the Winds with the 32 directions that divide the horizon; From this point the distances of the entire island are measured: it is the famous kilometer 0 of the country.

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