Photographer's Note

The National Palace (Spanish Palacio National) is a building in Santo Domingo, that houses the offices of the Executive Branch (Presidency and Vice Presidency) of the Dominican Republic.

Designed in a restrained neoclassical style by Italian architect Guido D'Alessandro at the behest of Rafael Trujillo, construction started on February 27, 1944- the centenary of Dominican independence-and was inaugurated on August 16, 1947. Occupying an area of 18,000 sq meters and luxuriously appointed throughout, the National Palace is considered one of the most beautiful buildings built in the Dominican Republic.

While the president's office is located within the palace, the Palacio National is not an executive residence as the president does not live there; there is no designated Executive Residence in Santo Domingo.

The dome, which rests on a windowed drum, is 34 meters high and has diameter of 18 columns sustain the dome. Most of the marble used throughout the building is Dominican, and was extracted from quarries in Samana and Caballero. The Palacio National complex also includes the "presidential" Chapel of San Rafael Archangel, carried out in the same architectural style as the palace.

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Additional Photos by Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 657 W: 10 N: 1969] (8293)
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