Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration, Santiago, Dominican Republic

Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration, Santiago, Dominican Republic

June 2017 Issue

Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration, Santiago, Dominican Republic


When the dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the construction of the monument pictured in our April 2017 mystery photo, the Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration — located on a hill in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros, or simply Santiago, in the Dominican Republic — he intended the structure to honor only himself. That was in 1944. After his assassination in 1961, the country's government changed the structure's name from Trujillo's Monument to Peace; to its current name.

The heroes honored were those who fought for independence from Spain in the War of Restoration in 1863-1865. Standing about 230 feet tall, the monument is now a familiar landmark to anyone visiting the second-largest city in the Dominican Republic, the country that comprises the eastern portion of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, the western side of which is Haiti. Inside the monument is a museum honoring the heroes, and visitors willing to climb the building's 365-step stairway are rewarded with a panoramic view of the island.

Eight correct answers were submitted, and KARYN KANDELL of Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan, won the drawing. We thank Richard Reid of Clarkston, Washington, for submitting the picture.

Correct answers were submitted by:

Michael Brandt, El Dorado Hills, CA; Signe Haugen, San Carlos, CA; WINNER: Karyn Kandell, Nishikyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan; Theodore Liebersfeld, Boynton Beach, FL; Carol Peim, Hendersonville, NC; Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Mary Schmidt, Fairfax, VA; Jonathan van Bilsen, Port Perry, ON, CANADA.