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  • 1 Colonial district of Santo Domingo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Padre Billini DOM - Saint-Domingue

    On the right bank of the Río Ozama, Santo Domingo's colonial district is dotted with historic monuments, handsome mansions and fascinating museums along streets laid out according to a grid plan that became the model for other cities in the New World..

  • 2 Calle Las Damas Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Las Damas DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Calle Las Damas was the first street in the New World to be paved and was named in tribute to the ladies-in-waiting of Doña María de Toledo, wife of Viceroy don Diego Colomb, who liked to walk here. It is lined with beautiful mansions, where the Span..

  • 3 Catedral Santa María la Menor Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Plaza Colón DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The remarkable Santa María la Menor Cathedral may have no belfry or bell tower, but is nonetheless a major example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, thanks to a façade adorned with Plateresque, Moorish and Gothic motifs. Within the vaulted triple ..

  • 4 Casa de Tostado Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Padre Billini DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Casa de Tostado, a handsome stately home, was built in 1503. The twin window overlooking Calle Padre Billini is not only unique in Santo Domingo but in the whole of America. The entirely refurbished interior reproduces the home a 19C nobleman. Afterw..

  • 5 Fortaleza Ozama et Torre del Homenaje Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Fortaleza Ozama, the first military edifice of the New World, made it possible to keep watch over and control the Ozama river, Caribbean sea and harbour. The impressive 18.5m-high Torre del Homenaje stands in the fort's inner courtyard. Encircled by ..

  • 6 Museo de Las Casas Reales Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    C/ Las Mercedes DOM - Saint-Domingue

    These 16C walls pay tribute to the adventure of the discovery of the New World. Maps, models, weapons and crockery evoke the travels of Christopher Columbus, misdemeanours of the English pirate Francis Drake, the colonial period, tobacco and sugar ca..

  • 7 Plaza de España of Santo Domingo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de España DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The bars and restaurants of Plaza de España are a major draw for Dominicans at weekends and during major festivals. The Alcázar de Colón, residence of the Viceroys of Spain, was built by the river in the 16C, at the same time as the town. Nearby are ..

  • 8 Alcázar de Colón Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de España DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Alcázar de Colón, in ruins in the Fifties, has been partially rebuilt according to the original plans, which date back to the early 16C. The Alcázar, which features an unusual rectangular interior, was the former palace of Viceroy don Diego Colomb an..

  • 9 Museo Mundo del Ámbar Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    452 C/ Arzobispo Meriño 452 DOM - Saint-Domingue

    To learn everything there is to know about amber, visit the Museo Mundo del Ámbar. It has a unique collection of fauna and flora (fragments of leaves, insects) captured in this tree resin. The specimens date from the time, some 20 million years ago, ..

  • 10 Plaza de la Cultura Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Plaza de la Cultura DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Plaza de la Cultura, in the city centre, is home to the National Theatre, with its ultra-modern architecture, the Film Library, and the Ethnographic, History and Geography and Modern Art and Natural History Museums. The surrounding bars and restauran..

  • 11 Museo del Hombre Dominicano Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo del Hombre Dominicano will enchant anyone who wants to find out more about Dominican culture. From the Palaeolithic American Indian tribes to the Arawak and Taíno Indians and the Spanish conquistadors and African slaves to today's Dominican..

  • 12 Museo Bellapart Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Kennedy DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo Bellapart is a privately-owned art museum that contains works from the second half of the 19C to the present day, including paintings and sculptures by top Dominicans and European artists exiled here. They highlight the creators' personal c..

  • 13 Fundacion García Arévalo Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    279 Av. San Martín 279 DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Manuel García de Arévalo, archaeologist and author of El Arte Taino en República Dominicana is behind this foundation that, since 1973, boasts the finest private collection of Taíno art in the world. The oldest exhibits date back some 5000 years. The..

  • 14 Santo Domingo Jardín Botánico Nacional Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Av. República de Colombia DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Jardín Botánico Nacional is dedicated to the Dominican botanist Rafael Moscoso, who founded Santo Domingo University's Botanic Institute. An oasis in the city, the park is home to most of the island's species, endemic or not (aquatic plants, orch..

  • 15 Calle Padre Billini Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Calle Padre Billini DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The chruch on Calle Padre Billini, Iglesia del Convento Regina Angelorum (16C) is characterised by its blind arcaded façade and late-Gothic ribbed vault. The fine Quinta Dominica, a lovely old house, has an exhibition area. Built in the 18C, the Jesu..

  • 16 Iglesia del Convento de los Domínicos Interesting

    Religious buildings

    DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Dominican convent is one of the colonial town's most beautiful monuments. It was the first to boast a theological chair that was to become the first university of America. Its fine façade is characterised by Baroque decorative details that were a..

  • 17 Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Las Damas DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Casa Rodrigo de Bastidas, built in the 16C and 18C, belonged to the Bastidas, an illustrious Santo Domingo family. Inside is a lovely patio. Outside there is a statue of Santa Bárbara, patron saint of soldiers, the presence of which can be explained ..

  • 18 Museo Naval de la Atarazana Interesting

    Museums and art

    En contrebas de l’Alcázar de Colón DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo Naval de la Atarazana is housed in a former arsenal and customs warehouse. It is also one of the most fascinating examples of colonial architecture. Inside, beneath three naves built out of brick and upheld by stone columns, the naval histo..

  • 19 Calle Isabel la Católica Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    C/ Isabel la Católica DOM - Saint-Domingue

    Calle Isabel la Católica is lined with handsome abodes. Visit Casa del Cordón (N° 214), reputed to be the first stone-built house of Santo Domingo (1502). A cord, symbol of the Franciscan order, frames the carved porch. The rest of the decor unveils ..

  • 20 Larimar Museum Interesting

    Museums and art

    54 C/ Isabel La Católica 54 DOM - Saint-Domingue

    The Museo del Larimar charts the history of this semi-precious stone, a blue pectolite only found in the Dominican Republic. The displays show uncut stones, extracted from the mines and other stones at different stages of cutting and polishing. Examp..

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