Ruinas del Hospital San Nicolás de Barí

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Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic
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Standing next to a bright, white Iglesia de la Altagracia are the ruins of the New World’s first hospital. They remain in place as a monument to Governor Nicolás de Ovando, who ordered the hospital built in 1503. So sturdy was the edifice that it survived Drake’s invasion and centuries of earthquakes and hurricanes. It remained virtually intact until 1911, when after being devastated by a hurricane, public-works officials ordered much of it knocked down so that it wouldn’t pose a threat to pedestrians. Even today visitors can still see several of its high walls and Moorish arches. Note that the hospital’s floor plan follows the form of a Latin cross.