The Columbus Lighthouse, Santo Domingo. Dominican Republic December 2007.

The Lighthouse was completed in 1992 for the 500th Anniversary of Columbus’ voyage across the Atlantic. It was designed by British Architect J.C. Gleaves who won an international competition in 1929, over 75 years after the monument was first proposed. The lighthouse contains Columbus’ mausoleum, a navel museum and galleries dedicated to paintings of the Virgin Mary. Occasionally, laser beams projected from the lighthouse form a cross in the night sky. However, when this happens I was told there are power outages across the country. This fact, combined with he cost of building the lighthouse ($100-$150 million) and the demolition of one of Santo Domingo’s poorest areas to make way for the monument has led to much resentment among many Dominicans.

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