Catedral Primada de América

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Catholics and history buffs alike will want to come to the Catedral Primada de America, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor. This flagship cathedral was the first in the new world, consecrated by Pope Julius II in 1504. Additionally, at the request of the King of Spain (also Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire), Pope Paul III made the cathedral the Primate of the Americas.


Visitors are free to explore the grounds and the massive interior of the cathedral. You can even stay for a mass in this historic church if you wish.

Staying Close

Those wishing to visit Catedral Primada de América may choose to book their trip in Zona Colonial, as those staying in this part of the Dominican Republic will have easy site access during their time there. If you wish to book your stay near this historical site, you'll find a reasonable number of lodgings to choose from nearby.

Hotels near Catedral Primada de América
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Hodelpa Caribe Colonial Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) N
Hotel Conde De Penalba Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) NW
Bettye's Galleria Guesthouse Guest house 0.1 mi. (0.2 km) N
Tierra Plana Hostel 0.1 mi. (0.0 km) W
Mercure Comercial Santo Domingo Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.1 km) WSW
Hostal Nicolas De Ovando Hotel 0.1 mi. (0.3 km) NNE
Sofitel Frances Santo Domingo Hotel 0.2 mi. (0.2 km) NNW

Location and What's Nearby

There are several picks of restaurants to choose from in the area surrounding Catedral Primada de América . Ejemplo is an ideal locale to have a bite to eat before checking out this historical site, and with its close proximity, is especially valuable to its guests. Penalba Cafeteria and Azul are a couple other dining options close-by. At Azul you and your group will want to sample Fusion food and experience the culture of the Dominican Republic.


Operating Hours

The cathedral is open daily from 9:00am to 4:00pm.


There is no fee to explore the cathedral, though if you stay for mass it is customary to tithe.

Contact Information

Phone Number: (809) 689-1920

Location: Calle Arzobispo Meriño, Zona Colonial, the Dominican Republic


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