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Parque Colon is the central square of the Ciudad Colonial historic district of Santo Domingo. In its Center stands a late-19th-century statue by French Sculptor Ernest Gilbert of Christopher Columbus, in whose honor the square was renamed in 1887. Previously the square was known as Plaza Mayor.
Monuments bordering the square include the Catedral de Santa Maria la Menor, Santo Domingo's Municipal Palace, and the Palacio Borgella, which once hosted the Dominican Republic's Parliament. Calle del Conde, once the thriving commercial heart of Santo Domingo, starts from Parque Colon and runs to the Puerta del Conde. At the beginning of Calle del Conde is a late-20th-century bust of Bartholomew Columbus, Christopher's brother and the founder of Santo Domingo.