Iglesia de Santa Bárbara

Santo Domingo

This baroque church was built in 1574 to honor the patron saint of the military. After being done over by Drake, however, the church was rebuilt with three arches – two of these are windowless and the third frames a remarkably sturdy door.

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1. Fuerte de Santa Bárbara

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Built during the 1570s, this fort served as one of the city’s main points of defense. It proved no match for Drake, however, who, along with his fleet of…

2. Museo del Duarte

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3. Amber World Museum

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This museum features an impressive collection of amber samples from around the world and excellent exhibits explaining (in Spanish and English) amber's…

4. Museo del Ron y la Caña

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Housed in a restored 16th-century building, exhibits here celebrate rum and sugarcane, two of the country’s most important exports. Displays and…

5. Monasterio de San Francisco

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The first monastery in the New World belonged to the first order of Franciscan friars who arrived to evangelize the island. Dating from 1508, the…

6. Museo Alcázar de Colón

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Designed in the Gothic-Mudéjar transitional style, this was the early-16th-century residence of Columbus’ son, Diego, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo…

7. Casa del Cordón


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8. Plaza España


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