41 year anniversary of the Puerto Plata Cable Car
Tuesday, July 19, it’s been 41 years since the Puerto Plata Cable Car was inaugurated in 1975 by then President of the Republic, Dr. Joaquín Balaguer. In 1970 the construction work began on the hill of Isabel de Torres, and on the top of the mountain above the dome of the military fortress the statue of “Cristo Redentor” was installed.
In June 1971, Balaguer also began to build the road to El Cupey leading to the summit of Mount Isabel de Torres and that road was built to facilitate and help mobilize the machinery and equipment for the Cable car construction as the Dominican Government signed with the Italian company Cerretti Tanfani for the supply of equipment. The installation of the cable car started in 1972.
As early as 1973, the engineer Benjamin Paewonsky was responsible for converting the whole area from the top into a botanical garden, while the architect Cristian Martinez was who introduced the idea of installing a funicular to ascend to the top of the hill, and in 1972, President Balaguer, gives the order to begin construction work, so a year later the Italian company Cerretti Tanfani begins installing the cable car Puerto Plata, finishing work in 1974.
Also, at the end of 1974 all computers were installed and they were doing test drives for six months.
The installation of the cable car is basically a tourist attraction, it stays the only Cable Car in the Caribbean and has been visited by tourists from all continents. The Funicular is installed in the Loma Isabel de Torres consists of three wires on each side, two cabin, two stations and supporting tower cables.
Upon reaching the upper base, there are 2 names embroidered in flowers that represent the initials of the Catholic monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella (symbol Colonization of America), this symbol represents the city of Puerto Plata.
The dome is known as the base where today the Christ the Redeemer statue is rising on the hill of Isabel de Torres, it was actually a military fortress, and it was built during the dictatorship of Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina for the purpose of protecting the city from possible foreign raids.
Source: Puerto Plata Digital
July 21, 2016
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