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

Assuming you like to explore other cultures and places, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation in Santo Domingo. To get detailed information concerning each museum, try clicking on the name.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museo Mundo De Ambar. It is located within 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.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Museo Memorial De La Resistencia Dominicana. It is located in Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. A museum that focuses on the time period when Dominica was a dictatorship, this important building is a great place for visitors to discover that even a beautiful tropical paradise can have a terrible history.

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 following table enables you to learn some details regarding some museums to consider in the area.

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

Enjoy learning some of the historical roots of foreign countries? If yes, you should consider visiting a few of these historical attractions during your time in Santo Domingo.

A common landmark for vacationers is Santo Domingo Colonial District. It is located within Zona Colonial, in central Santo Domingo. The Colonial Zone is known as the "City of Firsts" and as tourists explore the area will encounter the first hospital, customs house, cathedral, university, monastery, and more in the new world. There are 300 different monuments, homes, streets, and churches here that bring a piece of history to the present day.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Museo De Las Casas Reales. It is located in 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.

Glance through the table below to learn more about historic sites in the area.

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 will enjoy some other interesting sites in and near the area.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit El Faro a Colón. It is found within Parque Mirador Del Este and located within central Santo Domingo. Established in 1992, El Faro a Colon was built by a consortium of Latin American States in honor of the founding of the Americas and Christopher Columbus.

Another popular destination is Antonio de Montesinos Monument. It is situated in downtown Santo Domingo. 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.

Faro Punta Torrecilla: The site is open to all visitors that want to see the lighthouse, though only from the ground. The tower is not open, and you will not be allowed to climb to the top.

The other kinds of landmarks in and near Santo Domingo are provided down below.

Miscellaneous Landmarks In and Around Santo Domingo
Name Type Location
Antonio de Montesinos Monument Monument Downtown Santo Domingo
Calle de Las Damas Scenic Trail 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 are looking for a wider selection of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you should think about other locations. To reach our full guide to other attractions, use this link.

 

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