Santiago attractions

Top Choice Museum in Santiago

Centro León

This large, modern museum, built with the tobacco wealth of the León Jimenez family, is a world-class institution with an impressive collection of paintings that trace the evolution of Dominican art in the 20th cent…
Monument in Santiago

Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración de la República

On a hill at the eastern end of the downtown area, this monument is Santiago’s most recognizable sight, featuring a large bronze Angel de La Paz statue at the very top. The boxy, eight-story edifice was originally b…
Church in Santiago

Catedral de Santiago Apóstol

Santiago’s cathedral, opposite the southern side of Parque Duarte, was built between 1868 and 1895 and is a combination of Gothic and neoclassical styles. The cathedral contains the marble tomb of late-19th-century …
Notable Building in Santiago

Centro de la Cultura de Santiago

Though not much to look at from the outside, the Centro de la Cultura de Santiago, a half-block from Parque Duarte, offers a regular program of musical and theatrical performances, including plays, choral singing, c…
Museum in Santiago

Fortaleza San Luis

Built in the late 17th century, the Fortaleza San Luis operated as a military stronghold until the 1970s, when it was converted into a prison. Today it houses a small museum, with an emphasis on Dominican military h…
Gallery in Santiago

Casa del Arte

This small gallery displays Dominican painting, photography and sculpture. Some nights of the week a film club meets to screen art-house and good-quality Hollywood flicks (with free admission). There’s sometimes liv…
Museum in Santiago

Palacio Consistorial

On the western side of Parque Duarte is the former town hall and a small museum devoted to the city’s colorful history. If you’re here during Carnival, don’t miss the huge and stunning display of masks and fichas (p…