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Another picture taken during my recent trip to Santiago de los Caballeros. This is the "Monumento", short for the "Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración" (Restoration Heroes Monument). It was built in ocassion of the first Century of the Dominican Republic Independence, in 1944. Originally it was named "Trujillo's Peace Monument" to honor the dictator Rafael L. Trujillo, who ruled our country for more than 30 years in a bloody tiranny.

It's located in a hill at the east side of Santiago. The Monumento is a 70 meters tower made on marble in the outside. In the interior you might see some painting from Vela Zanetti. It has inner stairs to the top, but from some years ago access to the top is prohibited.

The architectural ornaments includes nicely done "cornisas" (decorative corners) and ellegant jonic columns. All the exterior steps are also white marble.

Strange thing, few people visit the interior of the Monumento, but as I said in my previous picture, people use the exterior plaza to gather and have fun.

The the Monumento's silouetthe is perfectly recognized around the country, and the Monumento is one of Santiago's favorites landscapes, and for sure it's most important symbol.

Technical notes: I used ISO 1600 (an obvious error!) and for that reason the final picture had lots of grain which I tried to remove using NeatImage. Also cropped the lower portion to place the Monumento in the lower right. Cloned out a wire that ran across the picture from the lightpole to another that is not visible.

ALSO: I made a Workshop trying to correct the perspective of the Monumento, as I took my picture from the very bottom of the hill.

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