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Santo Domingo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as the capital of the Dominican Republic, gained popularity for being the oldest European settlement in the Americas and one of the most populous cities of the Caribbean. As a result, Santo Domingo always features on the travel map and is known to attract thousands of tourists with its historical attractions, old world architectural landmarks, medieval era constructions, exotic culture and breathtaking locales. The city offers a perfect fusion of Latin flair and ancient charm and is known to boast of nightlife and shopping facilities that rival the very best cities in the world.

Santo Domingo is not the tropical paradise that most people associate the Caribbean islands for. It is an old world Spanish colonial capital that is known to have almost all of its old world sights and attractions intact. Well, this was to be expected, considering that Santo Domingo was the domain of the great Christopher Columbus, a city founded by his brother Bartolome and ruled by the great explorer and his son for a really long time.

At the centre of Santo Domingo lies the Zona Colonial which in turn is home to the Parque Colon. The park is located right across one of the oldest churches of the New World, the National Pantheon and is famous for its old world architecture and atmosphere. One of the oldest European fortresses of the Americas is also located here.

The high levels of heat and humidity remind tourists that Santo Domingo is Caribbean at heart and the exotic cafes, museums, art galleries, nightclubs and restaurants remind visitors about the cosmopolitan wonders that the city has to offer. In short, Santo Domingo comes across as a living museum features historical attractions at its centre and showcases the modern flair and cosmopolitan lifestyles of today as one moves outwards.

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1. Cathedral of Santa Maria

What is it? Inside the Colonial City stands the oldest cathedral in the western hemisphere, built in 1523 and still in use. Its mix of late Gothic and Renaissance elements provide a beautiful example of Spanish Renaissance architecture, with its golden coral facade and Gothic interior. Its walls have seen a great deal of history, including the coming of Sir Francis Drake who captured Santo Domingo in 1586 and held the town for ransom. He made the cathedral his headquarters. Hours of Operation: Phone:



2. Colonial City

What is it? The historic enclave of Santo Domingo, known as the Colonial City, covers only one square mile (three sq km), but inside the walls are dozens of historical buildings and sites, including palaces, forts, museums, and churches; and parks, plazas, statues and monuments. A walking tour of these fascinating buildings takes at least three hours through cobbled streets where once walked Christopher Columbus, Fernando Cortez and Francis Drake. The main street, Calle Das Lamas, is the oldest street in the New World. Must-sees include the House of Cord, the oldest European building in the Americas, where Diego Columbus, son of Christopher, once lived; and the Alcazar Palace, now a museum, built in 1514. Hours of Operation: Phone:



3. Columbus Lighthouse Monument
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What is it? The most modern memento to Santo Domingo's status as the oldest European city in the Americas is a mammoth structure built on the eastern shore of the Ozama River in the early 1990s to commemorate the 500th anniversary of Columbus' arrival in the New World. The building is 693ft (211m) long and built in the shape of a cross at a 45-degree angle. It houses what the Dominican Republic claims are the remains of Columbus himself and is fitted with intense lights which project the image of the cross into the sky at night. The monument was designed by English architect J.L. Gleave, who won an international competition for the design after 455 plans were submitted by architects from 48 different countries. The building is also the repository for numerous documents and artefacts associated with the early Spanish colonial times. Hours of Operation: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 5pm Phone:(809) 591 1492



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