AAA Editor Notes
Columbus Lighthouse Monument (Faro a Colón) is on the east side of the Ozama River at Ave. España in Mirador del Este Park. The massive seven-story, cross-shaped edifice features 145 flood lamps that project a shining cross into the night sky. Displays in mahogany-trimmed rooms illustrate the discoveries of Christopher Columbus and how they changed the world.
Visitors also can see excellent scale models of the Niña, Pinta and Santa María. An entire hall is devoted to the construction of the monument, which was dedicated in 1992 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' landing. Exhibits include photographs and drafts submitted by architects from around the world. An art gallery displays work from Santo Domingo.
The ornate bronze box suspended in a three-story marble monument—and guarded by militia—is said to contain a portion of the explorer's remains.