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

Zona Colonial is a good option for those wishing to visit Catedral Primada de América , because those staying in this region of the Dominican Republic will be excited to have easy site access for the duration of their trip. If you wish to stay somewhere within easy reach of Catedral Primada de América , there are a fair number of places to stay in the area.

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

Recreational opportunities like working on one's golf game and heading to the beach will also be found easily in the surrounding areas. Visitors who are interested in trying out their proficiency on the course, will be able to do so at the nearest golfing facility, which is Isabel Villas Golf. If you aren't a golfer, think about heading over to Montesinos Beach, the closest beach. But, multiple golf and beach options are located in the community. Guests will encounter additional other local attractions in the vicinity. There are two spots worth checking out -Larimar Museum and Santo Domingo Colonial District- which are both found not far from the historic site.


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, Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic


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