St Martin to Antigua

St Martin, Sint Maarten, St Bartholemey, Antigua, 18 September 2016

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Taking off from Princess Juliana international Airport in Sint Maarten.  Right beside the airport.

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This is a St Martin (as opposed to Sint Maarten) view, looking north over Simpson Lagoon with Marigot at the right at the end of the lagoon and Anguilla on the horizon.

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The inner suburban area of Sint Maarten.

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That strip in the middle is Philipsburg, commercial centre of Sint Maarten.

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The docks area of Philipsburg.

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This is now Saint Barthelemy, an island to the south-east of Sint Maarten.  The main centre of Gustavia in the foreground, Gustavia Industrial Zone in the cove at mid left and Gustaf III airport.

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The beaches are Anse du Gouverneur and Anse de Grande Saline. Saint Barthelemy was Swedish from 1784 when Louis XIV exchanged it for trading rights to Gothenburg, to 1878 when they gave it back.  It was then part of Guadeloupe but has been separate since 2003.

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Antigua.  This is McKinnon’s Pond and Runaway Bay, near the main town of St Johns.

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St John’s.

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This is the Coolidge Cricket Ground, colloquially known as the Sticky Wicket Stadium, where Curtley Ambrose and Viv Richards no doubt played many times.

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Near the airport with some older buildings.

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Having arrived where we were staying at English Harbour, I am on the floor with the dog at the local general store.

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St Martin – Market and Beaches

St Martin, Sint Maarten, 17-18 September 2016

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In the morning we went to the Marigot Markets.  Here are some fishermen preparing fish beside the sea.

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A huge array of shells.

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These locals appear to have locked themselves out of their car.

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Markets in the background.

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Next we went to Maho Beach, which is right beside the airport.  This sign on the fence at the beach and also at the end of the runway warns of the dangers but not all people take notice.  It is particularly dangerous when a plane has backed up to this end of the runway to take off.  People can cling to the fence to experience the jet blast but they can get blown away and unable to hang on.  About nine months after I took this photograph, a woman from New Zealand died here when she was blown off the fence and hit her head on te kerb.

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Here is the beach, the runway just to the right.  We saw this view from the air as the plane came in a couple of posts ago.

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And there’s a plane on the way.

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There it goes….

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Nearby we saw these posters for a forthcoming Sint Maarten election.  Lots of big posters may not amount to much it seems.  At the previous election the party of these posters won only around 1% of the vote and it no longer exists.

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Nearby this sailing ship was tied up at a wharf.

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Could it be a surviving Dutch fluyt from the seventeenth century?

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No, it’s quite modern, either a replica or a fantasy.  Semper pro gradiens (always progressing) is the motto of Sint Maarten.

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In the afternoon we went to Petit Plage, just north of Grand case, for a swim.  I didn’t take a camera with me because I didn’t want to leave it unaccompanied on the beach though as it turns out I could have because there were not many people around.  But I have no images of that to show you.  This is the beach at Grand Case late in the afternoon.

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An old house on the street in Grand Case.

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Next day we were due to fly out in the afternoon but had enough time to visit Happy Day Beach for another swim.

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There were no other people around when we turned up.

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Some people turned up while we were there and were swimming as we left.

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Around St Martin

St Martin, Sint Maarten, 16 September 2016

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On our first full day on St Martin we circumnavigated the island, starting from our accommodation near Grand Case.

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And here we are at Grand Case, looking north from the beach.

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This is looking south along the beach, from about the same place.

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As you can see, it had the feel of a charming village and was the gastronomic centre of St Martin and Sint Maarten.

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An old house in need of restoration.

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From the beach.

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Anguilla in the background.

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It must now be much changed, first devastated by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over  a year later, and now presumably largely closed down by CIVID-19.

Here is a link to a French Government video showing the devastation of the hurricane over Grand Case.  Maximise it to full screen to run it otherwise it will be very small.

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Here we are a bit further north at Anse Marcel, essentially a self contained resort.  No shops or eateries that we could see but beaches are public and Jools went for a swim.

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Lizard and hibiscus flower on the beach.  Not set up..

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Looking back at Anse Marcel from the road out.

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We stopped off near Cul de Sac Bay to find a view.  Saint Barthélemy is in the background.  It separated from Guadeloupe in 2003 to form a separate French Overseas Collectivity.

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An egret at the water’s edge.

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We are a bit further on at Orient Bay.

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It was a bit too tourist-focused for us so we kept on going.

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We found a nice quiet place for a swim at Le Galion.

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Not far past Le Galion, we are at Rotary Point.

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Now more toward the south west corner of the island, looking over Guana Bay (at the left).  We are now in Sint Maarten.

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An abandoned mansion, that may have been wiped out by a previous hurricane.

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Meeting some of the locals.

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A view over the commercial centre of Philipsburg.

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We are now back in St Martin at Fort Louis, near Marigot, built in 1797 by local subscription (since there were no local taxes).

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In July 1808 the fort, defended by 28 men was attacked by about 200 men from a British squadron.  They were after the stocks of coffee that the knew to be in the port.  This did not go well for the British.  Seven including one of the Captains were killed, 18 severely wounded and 140 captured.  And they didn’t get any coffee.

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A wreck somewhat more recent that 1808.

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Arawak Indians settled the island about 3,500 years ago and Carib Indians displaced them more recently.  Following their arrival in the region, the Spanish didn’t bother to colonise and the Dutch were the first to settle in 1631.  French and British outposts quickly sprang up but the Spanish arrived and threw them all out in 1633.  However the Spanish deserted the island in 1648 and both Dutch and French returned.  They quickly realised there was no point in a war and agreed to divided the island between them.

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Back at our lodgings again, looking over Grand Case.

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Santo Domingo to St Martin

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, St Martin, Sint Maarten, 15 September 2016

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Santo Domingo Port.

This is just after taking off in the plane.  The next eight images are flying along the south east coast of the Dominican Republic and the first ones are at or close to Santo Domingo.  They’re through a plane window of course so there are sometimes some reflections from inside the plane.

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AES Andres electric power plane and LNG importing facility.

 

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Still the port, incorporates both of the previous images.

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San Pedro de Macoris.

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El Soco.

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Isla Catalina and La Romana.

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La Romana.

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Boca de Yuma.

Juan Sanchez Ramirez landed at Boca de Yuma in 1808, coming from Puerto Rico, and routed the French, who at that time controlled Hispaniola, in the Battle of Palo Hincado.  He then became Governor of the Spanish Colony of Santo Domingo until he died in 1811.  He is known as “the father of the Dominican Republic”.

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Juanilllo, the eastern tip of the Dominican Republic.

 

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Puerto Rico was probably covered in cloud (so I have no other images of the main island) but this is Ceiba Ferry Terminal, at the eastern tip of Puerto Rico.

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Vieques National Willdlife Reserve and Punta Este, Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.

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Culebra, Puerto Rico.

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St Martin/ Sint Maarten is an island divided between France and the Netherlands.  This is the western tip, Les Terres Basses, St Martin. Anguilla in the background.

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Cupecoy Beach. Sint Maarten in the foreground to the right, St Martin behind. Simpson Bay Lagoon behind the Sin Maarten buildings. The little white terrace houses on the left edge of the beach are half in St Martin and half in Sin Maarten.

This image provides a good summary of the difference between St Martin and Sint Maarten at the time.  Sint Maarten was an overdeveloped cruise ship destination, with multi-storeyed hotels and casinos, and more than 50% urban.  St Martin was more just a place where people lived with some nice undeveloped locations, much more interesting to us.

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Sint Maarten, moving a little along the coastline.

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A resort near the airport.

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And here we are coning to land low over the beach.  I will have an image in a later post showing how this looks from the beach.

 

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This is a view from where we were staying at Over the Hill Guest House in Grand Case, nearing sunset.

We knew we were in the hurricane season in the Caribbean but fortunately we did not encounter one.  A year after we were there, St Martin and Sint Maarten were hammered by Hurricane Irma, which passed directly over the island.  95% of buildings in St Martin were damaged and 60% rendered uninhabitable.  Also, 70% of the buildings in Sint Maarten were damaged and a third destroyed.  Our accommodation appears to have reopened after being closed for around a year though now they probably have few guests due to COVID-19.  Most of the buildings in adjoining properties show in Google Earth as still levelled to the ground.

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Houses on a nearby hill.

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Night-time view in the same direction.

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Edges of the Old City (Santo Domingo)

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 14 September 2016

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Stepping out from the Museo de las Casas Reales, we encounter a driver with horse and cart, eager to take us for a ride (though we continued on foot).  You may need to click on the image to see it properly but towards the top right is a very old street sign.  I wouldn’t be surprised if it is from the early sixteenth century.

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Walking along the street the horse and cart came from, this is Hostal Nicolas de Ovando, a four star hotel.

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I know approximately where this is but not what it is.  Perhaps an old monastery.

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This is Iglesia de Nuestra Senora del Carmen, attached to Iglesia de los Dominicos, or the Dominican Convent.

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This is a statue of Ingenio Maria del Hostos.  He was a Puerto Rican intellectual who agitated for the independence of Puerto Rico and Cuba at the turn of the twentieth century.  (Instead, they were colonised by the United States).  He ended up living in Santo Domingo.  We are probably in Parque Duarte.

 

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A charming side street.

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An overgrown ruin.  I think, a former religious building.

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The white building bears the sign Fundación Virgen Del Perpetuo Socorro Inc, so I can tell we are in Calle 19 de Marzo, or 19th March Street.  19th March 1844 was the date when an invading Haitian army was defeated in battle.

 

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We are down by the river now and this is Frey Antonio de Ovando.  What can he be shouting out?  Get out of the river?  How do I find my way back to Hostal Nicolas de Ovando?  Help, I’ve got a plant growing on my back and a lightbulb implanted in my head?

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No, it’s Help!  I have a cannon pointed at me!

There could be a reason for that.  He arrived with thirty ships in 1502, became Governor, treated the Indians with great brutality and was recalled for that reason in 1509.

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An ancient door and facade of a religious institution.

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The lizard doorknocker!

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Somewhere around here, a man in dreadlocks appeared and told us it was not safe to walk in this area with cameras, and also invited us to his restaurant that night.

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This is La Puerta del Conde, now the main entrance to El Parque Nacional or Independence Park..

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Some of the detail is interesting.  The statue of the soldier (probably an independence leader).  The soldiers in the shadows at the left.  The cannon pointing down the street.

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We are now in the Altar de la Patria, a mausoleum dedicated to the three founding fathers from the 1844 War of Independence, Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, and Ramón Matías Mella,.

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Still in the same area, we are at El Baluarte del Conde (The Count’s Bulwark), part of the City fortifications dating from 1543.

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With cannons to keep the streets safe…..

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The old and the somewhat new.

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Zonabici, sign for a bicycle rental shop near where we were staying.  This is the last image from our stay in Santo Domingo.

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Museo de las Casas Reales

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 14 September 2016

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Our next stop was Museo de las Casas Reales, or Museum of the Royal houses.  Built in 1511, this was the Real Audience (Royal Audience) or Royal Court of Justice, and also the Palace of the Governors and the General Captaincy until the west side of Hispaniola was ceded to France in 1799 and those functions moved to Cuba.

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These are pages from the first book written in Spanish in the Americas.  It is the navigational diaries of Christopher Columbus and the book of the privileges granted to him by the Crown.

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This must be the Santa Maria.

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The Golden Hind, Drake’s ship.

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The museum houses the history of the island from 1492 until 1821.

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The Pharmaceutical Products industry, founded in the sixteenth century, incorporated both Indian and Spanish knowledge.  It was established by a Spaniard married to an Indian named Antonio de Villa-Sante and featured a balm for many ailments derived from the guacunax tree.

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Rifles from the eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.

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Persian helmet, shield and arm guards.  Also Turkish sword.  Eighteenth to nineteenth centuries.

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Apparently a Grand Reception Hall.

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An eighteenth century warship, I’d say, but I didn’t record the label.

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Santo Domingo in 1785.

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Presumably the “throne” of the Governor.

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The portrait at the left is of Francisco de Vitoria (1486 – 1546), known for his defence of the rights of Indians against the settlers and his advocacy of the limits of justifiable warfare.

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Alcázar de Colón

Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, 14 September 2016

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On our way from Monasterio de San Francisco to Alcázar de Colón, we passed the doorway to Casa del Cordon (which is not open to the public).  It was built in the very early 16th century and is be3lieved to be the oldest stone house in the Americas.  For a period from 1509 it was home to Diego Columbus, son of Christopher and Governor at the time.

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Now we are inside Alcázar de Colón (or Castle of Columbus) which is now a museum.

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Diego Columbus moved here from Casa de Cordon after it was built.  Wikipedia says that Alcázar de Colón is the only known residence of Diego, which is clearly wrong.

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It was built between 1510 and 1514 of coral rocks, using 1,500 actually or effectively enslaved Taino Indians.

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It once had fifty-five rooms and a number of gardens and courtyards.  It now has twenty-two rooms which are open to the public.

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The Columbus family lived here until 1577.  In 1586 Sir Francis Drake plundered it.

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From the mid-eighteenth century it was abandoned and fell into ruins.

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It was restored between 1955 and 1957 although there was controversy at the time of the historical sensitivity of this project.

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The Palaza houses works of art from the 14th to 17th centuries.

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The painting is presumably Christopher and Diego, and the model the Santa Maria.

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Out on the street again.

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The little metal globes on the kerb were used for the tying of horses.

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