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Catedral Primada de America

Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
809/682-3848
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Type: Religious Sites
Description: This impressive cathedral, one of the earliest built in the Americas, is known for its dramatic architecture.
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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is an amazing church, considering it was built more than 100 years ago by Christoper Columbus, et al. It is an architecture and engineering marvel. I was there (for the very first time) for the Easter midnight mass (Semana Santa) exactly eight years ago. It is wide open to the public and is highly recommended for everyone. I have... More

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I went in january 27th as a part of spanish-dominican culture class along an australian student. The headphones were very helpful to know all the painting styles exhibited there. It is a nice place to know more the story of catholicism in Dominican Republic.

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Cancun
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is a must visit in Santo Domingo, first church in Latin América, besides the fact that is beautiful, the architecture, the site, the view. don't miss it.

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Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Over the years beautifully maintained and worth a visit (ask for a tour for more info) On sunday's at 12 noon, there is a mass. (other hours i don't know) Nice combination with a lunch in the zone colonial (suggestion PatePalo or LuLu but there are lots of other places to go to ofcourse)

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Argentina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Of course, no one can deny the value of this old building but there's little to see inside. The most interesting feature are some walls made of coral stones.

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Impressive and seemingly well preserved on the inside. The pre-recorded audioguide will bombard you with factual information on who each of the 12 chapels was built for (a clergyman, a saint) and at what year. Beautiful, but I wished the information had been more interesting and relatable.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful historical sight in Santo Domingo - - must see. You can walk through the cathedral on your own listening to a recorded tour. Note to ladies - if you are wearing shorts, they will provide you with a wrap to use as a skirt and cover your legs.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

ok tour, no water was offered, very hot and they wanted tips - the driver and guide. we walked around town afterwards but nothing to shop for - very expensive and very little to do.

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NYC
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40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

For anyone interested in world history, Dominican history, art and architecture. Amazing to realize it was finished in 1540! The audio tour is comprehensive- almost to a fault. A must-see.

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Rio Rancho, New Mexico
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This old Church is a must-see when visiting Santo Domingo. It is said to be the oldest Cathedral of the Americas. It used to contain the remains of Christopher Columbus but they have been moved to a new location near by. There is a small charge to enter. Unlike many Old Churches in the World they DO allow photography inside.

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