Santo Domingo

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  • 1. Alcázar de Colón

    Zona Colonial | House/Mansion/Villa

    The castle of Don Diego Colón, built in 1517, was the home to generations of the Christopher Columbus family. The Renaissance-style structure...Read More

  • 2. Basílica Catedral Menor Santa María de la Encarnación

    Zona Colonial | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The coral-limestone facade of the first cathedral in the New World (Catedral Primada de América) towers over the south side of the Parque Colón...Read More

  • 3. Calle Las Damas

    Zona Colonial | Neighborhood/Street

    The Ladies Street" was named after the elegant ladies of the court: in the Spanish tradition, they promenaded in the evening. Here you can see...Read More

  • 4. Iglesia Santa Bárbara

    Zona Colonial | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This combination church and fortress, the only one of its kind in Santo Domingo, was completed in 1562. It is a fine example of colonial Spanish...Read More

  • 5. Iglesia y Convento Domínico

    Zona Colonial | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Founded in 1510, this graceful building is still a Dominican church and convent. Note the prominent and beautiful rose window. In 1538, Pope...Read More

  • 6. Monasterio de San Francisco

    Zona Colonial | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Constructed between 1512 and 1544, the St. Francis Monastery contained the church, convent, and hospital of the Franciscan order. Sir Francis...Read More

  • 7. Pantheon Nacional

    Zona Colonial | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    The National Pantheon (circa 1714) was once a Jesuit monastery and later a theater. The real curiosity here is the military guard, who stays...Read More

  • 8. Parque Colón

    Zona Colonial | Park/Playground

    The huge statue of Christopher Columbus in the park named after him dates from 1897 and is the work of sculptor Ernesto Gilbert. At the far...Read More

  • 9. Plaza de Castro

    Zona Colonial | Park/Playground

    Calle Las Damas dead-ends as it goes in the direction of the Malecón. Few people ever make it past the junction of Calle Padre Bellini, thinking...Read More

  • 10. Plaza de España

    Zona Colonial | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    This wide esplanade, which goes past the Casas de Reales in front of Don Diego Columbus's former palace, El Alcazar de Colón, is the area in...Read More

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