Santo Domingo Landmarks

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The number of museums and historic landmarks in Santo Domingo is so great that it will take several trips to see them all.  You can start with the best known ones, many of which are located in the popular Zona Colonial, or you can hunt for more obscure landmarks like the Centro Olímpico Juan Pablo Duarte which was used during the 2003 Pan American Games.

Museums

Museo Mundo De Ambar

In case you like to explore other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation in Santo Domingo. You can click on the museum names to get detailed information.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is located in Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. Amber is not only a stone fit to be set in jewelry, but it also gives a geological picture of the area is it found in. At the Amber World Museum, you can view pieces of amber which within them have a number of fossilized creatures and vegetation.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Museo Memorial De La Resistencia Dominicana. It is found within Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. Here you can view preserved evidence of resistance during the horrible dictatorships the area fell under. You can expect to be educated on the historical significance of all artifacts and documents.

Museo Infantil Trampolín: Museo Infantil Trampolín is children's museum with a diversity of cultural and scientific themed exhibits, all geared towards keeping children entertained. Guides are available for Spanish speaking guests.

The chart right below has some details concerning some museums to consider in Santo Domingo.

Museums In Santo Domingo
Name Phone Location
Agencia Dhi Atlas Sucursal III (809) 333-9063 Downtown Santo Domingo
Altos de Chavon (809) 541-5652 Downtown Santo Domingo
Ambasa (809) 682-3309 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Casa De Tostado (809) 689-5000 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
El Faro a Colón Museum (809) 591-1492 Central Santo Domingo
Instituto Duartiano (809) 682-3761 Downtown Santo Domingo
Larimar Museum (809) 689-6605 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Modern Art Museum (809) 685-2153 Downtown Santo Domingo
Museo Bellapart (809) 541-7721 Central Santo Domingo
Museo Casa De Duarte (809) 687-1436 Downtown Santo Domingo
Museo De La Porcelana (809) 688-4759 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Museo Infantil Trampolín (809) 685-5551 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Museo Memorial De La Resistencia Dominicana (809) 688-4440 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Museo Mundo De Ambar (809) 523-5668 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Museo Nacional de Historia Natural (809) 689-0106 Downtown Santo Domingo
Museo Nacional de Historia y Geografia (809) 686-6668 Downtown Santo Domingo
Museo de la Familia Dominicana (809) 689-5000 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Museo del Hombre Dominicano (809) 687-3622 Downtown Santo Domingo
Museum Of Rum and Sugar Cane (809) 685-5111 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Paerez Valoy, Julio Caesar (809) 333-9063 Downtown Santo Domingo
Taller Publico Silvano Lora (809) 689-9835 Downtown Santo Domingo

Historical Sites

Museo De Las Casas Reales

If you like to immerse yourself in the history of a foreign place, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical sites during your time in Santo Domingo.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Santo Domingo Colonial District. It is located in Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. Known as the "Zona Colonial" in the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo's Colonial District is the oldest city in the new world and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can walk the cobblestone streets of this town and feel as though they've been transported back in time.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Museo De Las Casas Reales. It is found within Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. The museum is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Tuesday through Sunday.

Ruinas Del Hospital San Nicolás De Bari: The hospital ruins are renovated, making it possible for tourist to explore all around this medical landmark in the New World. This popular attraction is a great way to see some ruins without exploring the more rural areas of the island.

Take a moment to read the following chart for more information about sites of historical interest in Santo Domingo.

Historic Sites In Santo Domingo
Name Phone Location
Alcázar De Colón (809) 686-8657 Downtown Santo Domingo
Battery Of The Admiral -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Capilla de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios (809) 686-8657 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Carlos Goico House -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Casa De Bastidas (809) 541-5652 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Casa Del Cordon -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Casa Del Tapao -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Casa de Francia -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Catedral Primada de América (809) 689-1920 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Ceiba De Colon -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Cord House -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Fort Of Charity -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fort Of San Jose -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Fort San Gil -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fortaleza Ozama -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Fuerte De Angulo -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fuerte De La Concepcion -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fuerte De San Diego -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fuerte De San Lazaro -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fuerte De San Miguel -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Fuerte De Santa Bárbara -- Downtown Santo Domingo
House Of The Presidents -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Iglesia de San Miguel -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Monumento A La Caña -- Central Santo Domingo
Monumento A Los Heroes De Constanza, Maimón Y Estero Hondo -- 2.5 mi. South West of Central Santo Domingo
Museo De Las Casas Reales (809) 682-4202 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
National Pantheon (809) 541-5652 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Palacio Consistorial -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Parque Duarte Santo Domingo -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Puerta De La Misericordia -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Puerta De San Diego -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Residencia del Nicolas de Ovando -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Ruinas Del Hospital San Nicolás De Bari (809) 541-5652 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Ruinas Monasterio De San Francisco (809) 687-4722 Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo Colonial District -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo North Walls -- Downtown Santo Domingo
Stairs Of Las Damas -- Zona Colonial, Central Santo Domingo

Miscellaneous Landmarks

El Faro a Colón

Guests may experience some other interesting places to visit in and near Santo Domingo.

One popular destination is El Faro a Colón. It is found within Parque Mirador Del Este and located in central Santo Domingo. Not only can visitors view the monument and lighthouse, but inside they will also be able to explore several exhibits that deal with the founding of the Americas.

Additionally, if the more functional aspects of living by the sea interest you, you should consider visiting Faro Punta Torrecilla. Punta Torrecilla Lighthouse is the second lighthouse to call this spot home. The first was established around 1853, with the present one being established by 1975.

Antonio de Montesinos Monument: Donated to the Dominican Republic in 1982 by Mexico, the monument honors the friar Antonio de Montesinos, a main who stood up to the common imperial practices on the Taino, speaking out against the Spanish in 1511. Unfortunately, his bravery did not succeed in sparing the natives, as by the 1600's (just over a decade after the first landing) only a few families remained.

The other types of landmarks in and near the area are summarized here:

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Santo Domingo
Name Type Location
Antonio de Montesinos Monument Monument Downtown Santo Domingo
Constituents Monument Monument 0.6 mi. East of Central San Cristobal
El Faro a Colón Monument Central Santo Domingo
Faro Punta Torrecilla Lighthouse Central Santo Domingo

If you would prefer having more points of interest beyond what's offered in this category, you should cast a wider net. To read more about other attractions, visit this page.

 

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