Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor

Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor

Basilica Cathedral of Santa Maria la Menor
4.5
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • AMsays
    Thornhill, Canada4,584 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    If the outside is any indication.....
    Americas’ oldest cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary of the Incarnation. Completed in 1550 after 46 years in notable Gothic style whose architecture is reminiscent of European cathedrals. The outside limestone edifice is a golden coral colour sporting unique façades of archways, ribbed walls, bell towers, columns and rose windows. Inside there is a renowned treasury with an excellent art collection of ancient woodcarvings, paintings, furnishings, funerary monuments, silver, and jewelry which unfortunately I was unable to view as the cathedral was closed. Christopher Columbus was once intombed here but now resides in a crypt at the Columbus Lighthouse, here in Santo Domingo as he had wished.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Dick L
    Battle Ground, Washington183 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The Oldest Cathedral in the Americas
    This place is amazing. The oldest cathedral in the Americas was begun in 1504 and finished in 1550. It is the first one ordered to be built by the Pope at that time. It is not as ornate as I had imagined, and I have visited other churches in Peru, Brazil and Mexico that have more silver and gold in them, but this is worth the visit. Women and teens are asked not to show their knees, and are given wraps to use when in the cathedral.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 21, 2024
  • Gerri
    French River, Canada367 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Anniversary Vacation
    Absolutely one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to in my life. 16 chapels inside. The structure is amazing. It's a very emotional place no matter what your higher power or beliefs are. Just sit a moment and reflect. Say a prayer and give thanks for all the good life has to offer.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written May 20, 2024
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andy y
36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The cathedral itself is nice to walk in and look around, though you have to pay a small fee to enter. I encountered a very mediocre 'tour guide' who posed as a gate guard, so watch out for that. The cathedral can definitely be administered better.
Written April 18, 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,614 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Among many "first things" in SD, this Basilica is the most important one imo.
In Spanish they call it simply the First Cathedral (Catedral Primada), as it was the first Catholic breakthrough in the Americas. Today it celebrates more than 500 years on American continent.
The Basilica is located on the southern side of the Columbus park, behind Columbus back, and shines intact in its beauty. Interiors are very nice, including the altar and many side chapels.
The only reason I deduct one star is because they charge entry. Place of worship should be free for everyone.
Written January 29, 2022
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AniMal76
Mantsala, Finland87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
While every historical spot in the Colonial Zone costs something to go in, this one is really cheap. For less than 2 USD you get also a recorded guidetour. And the inside of the cathedral is much more beautiful than the outside. Really worth the money and the time.
Written February 4, 2020
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Ryan L
Brimfield, MA264 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
The cathedral is located in the tourist area of Santo Domingo and makes for a very easy trip.

The cost to get into the Cathedral was only a few dollars and made for a great experience. It is very beautiful inside and gives a great look into the architecture of when Santo Domingo was settled.
Written December 29, 2020
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,584 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Americas’ oldest cathedral is dedicated to St. Mary of the Incarnation. Completed in 1550 after 46 years in notable Gothic style whose architecture is reminiscent of European cathedrals. The outside limestone edifice is a golden coral colour sporting unique façades of archways, ribbed walls, bell towers, columns and rose windows. Inside there is a renowned treasury with an excellent art collection of ancient woodcarvings, paintings, furnishings, funerary monuments, silver, and jewelry which unfortunately I was unable to view as the cathedral was closed. Christopher Columbus was once intombed here but now resides in a crypt at the Columbus Lighthouse, here in Santo Domingo as he had wished.
Written July 12, 2023
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Jay G
Haiti3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I can't say anything about this place that hasn't already been said. It's an ancient building packed with history. An air-conditioned sanctuary to sit and relax a while to escape the tropical Santo Domingo heat. Buy the audio guide if you want to hear details about the interior.
Written January 2, 2020
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Dick L
Battle Ground, WA183 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place is amazing. The oldest cathedral in the Americas was begun in 1504 and finished in 1550. It is the first one ordered to be built by the Pope at that time. It is not as ornate as I had imagined, and I have visited other churches in Peru, Brazil and Mexico that have more silver and gold in them, but this is worth the visit. Women and teens are asked not to show their knees, and are given wraps to use when in the cathedral.
Written March 21, 2024
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Gerri
French River, Canada367 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Absolutely one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to in my life.
16 chapels inside. The structure is amazing.
It's a very emotional place no matter what your higher power or beliefs are. Just sit a moment and reflect. Say a prayer and give thanks for all the good life has to offer.
Written May 20, 2024
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Kahnster
Pinetop-Lakeside, AZ687 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The cathedral is the oldest in the Americas, I believe. It was begun in the 1500’s. There are beautiful painting, carvings, examples of Catholic antiquities, and architecture. Take the audio tour for the best explanation of each area inside.
Written January 27, 2020
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RCDS_Family
South Frontenac, Canada392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
Great stop in the old city.

The architecture was amazing. You really need to take the time and look at everything. There were a lot of hidden gems.

We were given headphones and an audio player. You can then tour at your own pace.

We enjoyed this stop quite a bit.
Written November 27, 2021
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