Altar de la Patria
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Puerta del Conde
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Palacio Nacional information
The Dominican seat of government which occupies most of a city block was designed by Italian architect Guido D’Alessandro and inaugurated in 1947. Built of Samaná roseate marble in a neoclassical design, the palace is outfitted in grand style with mahogany furniture, paintings from prominent Dominican artists, magnificent mirrors inlaid with gold, and a proportionate amount of imported crystal.
Primarily used as an executive and administrative office building, it has never been used as the residence of a Dominican president, who is expected to live in a private home. Of special note is the Room of the Caryatids , in which 44 sculpted draped women rise like columns in a hall lined with French mirrors and Baccarat chandeliers.
Not regularly open to the public, nevertheless you may be able to wrangle a tour; free and by appointment only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. No flip-flops, shorts or T-shirts.