Reloj del Sol

Santo Domingo

Across from the Museo de las Casas Reales, this sundial was built by Governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda in 1753 and positioned so that officials in the Royal Houses could see the time with only a glance from their eastern windows. It was among the first time-telling devices constructed in North America, and remains accurate today.

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1. Museo de las Casas Reales

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Built in the Renaissance style during the 16th century, this building was the longtime seat of Spanish authority for the Caribbean region, housing the…

3. Plaza España

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The large open area in front of the Alcázar de Colón has been revamped many times, most recently during the 1990s in honor of the 500th anniversary of…

4. Panteón Nacional

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Built in 1747 as a Jesuit church, this was also a tobacco warehouse and a theater before dictator Trujillo restored it in 1958 for its current use as a…

5. Puerta de San Diego

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For a time, this imposing gate, built in 1571 downhill from the Alcázar de Colón, was the main entrance into the city. Beside it you can still see some of…

6. Plaza de María de Toledo

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Named in honor of Diego Columbus’ wife, this plaza connecting Las Damas and Isabel la Católica features two arches that were once part of the Jesuits’…

7. Casa del Cordón

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Said to be not only one of the first European residences in the Americas, but also one of the first residences in the Western hemisphere with two floors,…

8. 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…