Convento de la Orden de los Predicadores

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Convento de la Orden de los Predicadores information

Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic
Address
Street cnr Av Duarte & Padre Billini
Opening hours
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Built in 1510 by Charles V, this is the first convent of the Dominican order founded in the Americas. It also is where Father Bartolomé de las Casas – the famous chronicler of Spanish atrocities committed against indigenous peoples – did most of his writing. Be sure to take a look at the vault of the chapel; it is remarkable for its stone zodiac wheel, which is carved with mythological and astrological representations. On the walls are various paintings of religious figures, including Pope Saint Pius V.