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Catedral Primada de América

The first stone of this cathedral, the oldest in operation in the western hemisphere, was set in 1514 by Diego Columbus, son of the great explorer (the ashes of both father and son are said to have once resided in t…
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Museo Alcázar de Colón

Designed in the Gothic-Mudéjar transitional style, this was once the residence of Columbus’ son, Diego, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo, during the early 16th century. The magnificent building we see today is the…
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Museo de las Casas Reales

Built in the Renaissance style during the 16th century, this building was the longtime seat of Spanish authority for the entire Caribbean region, housing the governor’s office and the powerful Audiencia Real (Royal …
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Amber World Museum

This museum features an impressive collection of amber samples from around the world and excellent exhibits explaining in Spanish and English its prehistoric origins, its use throughout the ages, Dominican mining pr…
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Larimar Museum

Thorough exhibits covering larimar from A to Z have signage in Spanish and English. Of course, the museum is meant to inspire you to make a purchase from the strategically located jewelry store on the 1st floor.
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Museo de la Familia Dominicana

This museum is located in the Casa de Tostado – the beautifully restored 16th-century home of writer Francisco Tostado. The museum is interesting as much for its architectural features (it has a double Gothic window…
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Quinta Dominica

This small art gallery, in a renovated 16th-century home, features ever-changing exhibits of colonial and contemporary art. A shady courtyard at the back with tables and chairs provides a great place to just sit and…
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Convento de la Orden de los Predicadores

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 in…
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Capilla de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios

The Gothic-style chapel was built during the 16th century by alderman Francisco de Avila and was intended to be a private chapel and family mausoleum. Early residents of the city are said to have attended Mass here …
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Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes

Constructed during the first half of the 16th century, the church was sacked by Drake and his men and reconstructed on numerous occasions following earthquakes and hurricanes. The church is remarkable for its pulpit…