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    Culture and the Faro a Colón Museum Commemorate the 525th Anniversary of the Discovery of the Americas
    Santo Domingo, October 13, 2017

    On Thursday, October 12, 2017, the Ministry of Culture and the Faro a Colón Museum commemorated the 525th anniversary of the discovery of the Americas. The civilian and military authorities who led the ceremony emphasized the importance of this historical event and of Christopher Columbus himself.

    The event was led by the Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Federico Henríquez Gratereaux, the Minister of Culture, Pedro Vergés, and the Director of the museum, Simón Herasme Matos.

    Henríquez Gratereaux emphasized the historical importance of the arrival of Christopher Columbus to the new continent, a milestone which, along with the fall of Granada, the expulsion of the Jews from Spain and the publication of the very first Gramática de la lengua castellana ("Grammar of the Castilian Language"), were the most important events of the year 1492, given that the first one allowed the incorporation of an unknown land to the map of the settlers.

    He emphasized that the Faro a Colón Museum is unlike any other in the world. It is of great cultural importance because its galleries present the history of every nation of the American continent.

    He said that "we must celebrate the arrival of Admiral Columbus to this continent as an event of immense historical and cultural significance, since Dominicans (as well as other peoples of the Americas) are the result of the racial mixture produced by that discovery."

    Henríquez Gratereaux cited the case of the perico ripiao, one of the country’s most emblematic rhythms, which contains melodies from the Hispanic heritage enriched with African rhythms.

    Following the addresses, the Deputy Director of the Faro a Colón, Teófilo Terrero, together with Monsignor Ramón Benito Ángeles Fernández, opened the sarcophagus containing the remains of Admiral Christopher Columbus, and then floral wreaths were placed.

    The ceremony was attended by diplomats and civilian and military authorities who paid their respect to Columbus’ remains. On October 12, 1492, Columbus arrived in the new continent heading the expedition made of three ships La Niña, La Pinta and La Santa María.

    Alfredo Martínez, Mayor of the municipality of Santo Domingo Este, Juan Frías, Governor of the Province of Santo Domingo, and Alejandro Abellán, Ambassador of Spain, among other personalities, were also in attendance.

    The celebration began with the organization and installation of the Honor Guard of the Navy. The interpretations of the National Anthem and of the Pan American Anthem were conducted by the band of said military corps, as well as the ceremony of custody of the mortal remains of Admiral Christopher Columbus.

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    Floral offerings were placed during the commemoration of the 525th anniversary of the discovery of America.

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017
    Civilian and military authorities commemorate the 525th anniversary of the discovery of America.

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017
    The Deputy Minister of Cultural Heritage, Federico Henríquez Gratereaux, representing the Minister of Culture, Pedro Vergés.>

    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    The Deputy Governor of the Faro a Coón, Teo Terrero, together with Monsignor Ramón Benito Ángeles Fernández, opened the sarcophagus where the remains of Admiral Christopher Columbus rest.
    Fundación Sabores Dominicanos en el Taste Santo Domingo 2017

    Place where the remains of Admiral Christopher Columbus rest.











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