For more than a year, the Faro a Colón (Columbus Lighthouse) and Museum have been closed due to the pandemic, and the government, together with the Ministry of Culture, have been working to reopen it with a project that will allow you to enjoy its attractions.
This work, inaugurated in 1992, has an infrastructure of 800 meters long by 36.5 meters high, is part of the tourist route that includes the Colonial City, and is attractive to many foreigners who visit the National District and part of the province Santo Domingo, especially cruise tourists.
At its entrance, the remains of Christopher Columbus are in a sarcophagus and for many visitors, it is the main attraction. Each room has exhibits of articles from different countries, four of them with most of their spaces occupied and others with more spaces to place attractions.
Work is being done on the reconstruction of showcases or exhibitors because those left by the past administration lack the required security and the visual conditions necessary for a better presentation to the public.
Eliezer Nolasco, governor of the Lighthouse, explained that soon when they finalize some details, the museum will be able to be visited as in the days when it was inaugurated. He explained that one of the most worrying issues for many is security, but that some 20 auxiliary police officers provided by the Ministry of the Interior and Police are in charge of monitoring the perimeter.
Inside, a member of the Dominican Navy is in charge of the security and preservation of the museum, whose foreign visitors can only look through the bars until it is formally opened.
“When we assumed the governorship, we met with the military forces because security is of vital importance, the Navy offers service internally, Politur externally and the auxiliary police who go around on bicycles”, said Nolasco.
As for representing the light show that the Lighthouse originally exhibited, Russian businessmen and some Germans committed to repositioning the lighting fixture, part of which is the projection of a cross in the sky that can be distinguished more than 60 kilometers from the place.
“By the end of next month,, the lights will be here, there are many things on the way,” said the governor while reporting that they will be of the latest generation and will allow saving energy because they are of higher power and low consumption, not like those that were before that were of great consumption.