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Catedral Primada de America

Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-682-3848
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This impressive cathedral, one of the earliest built in the Americas, is known for its dramatic architecture.
  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-682-3848
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Reviewed 2 days ago

is a beautiful church. I went with my grandma and uncle, is a beautiful place to visit with the family, my recomendation for girls is not to wear short pants or skirt, is a catholic church, but... the personal can lend you a kind of...More

1  Thank Sandra S
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a really beautiful and old cathedral; the first cathedral of the continent. The structure is impressive and you can see the authenticity of the building. It is located near a plaza in the heart of Zona Colonial. It is huge and the inside...More

Thank Adriana P
Reviewed 2 days ago

I loved the gothic style of the first cathedral in the New World, it is a well-preserved place with a soul. Unfortunately, the place is not treated with respect which it deserves. Many tourists, lots of cameras and flashes, stupid selfies like a person and...More

Thank Abolicja-pl
Reviewed 5 days ago

Austere as most of the catholic churches, the cahtedral raise majestically above the square in the heart of the city.

Thank Cristina G
Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see destination in Santo Domingo. This is the first cathedral in America, it has a huge size and a nice interior. Built in colonial style from limestome.

Thank Márk N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place and also a place.full of history. It was the first Cathedral in the Americas, is a place you must to see.

Thank rdebora31
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Architecture was fantastic - but more impressive outside then inside. Very affordable and you can see it all in about 20-30 minutes

Thank Robthegod3000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is located at the city center. You have to pay the entrance, nice building! Plenty of history in this first America´s building.

Thank Penelope_Brasil
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The first and only truly late Gothic cathedral in the Americas. It is a perfect example of late medieval/early Renaissance construction.

Thank jonathanmbaez
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was worth the visit. The audio tour comes with your ticket so it was worth listening to while visiting the cathedral. There is a dress code (no shorts or sleeveless shirts) and there are no tours on Sundays.

Thank oasis0696
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What is the fee to tour the church?
October 5, 2015|
Response from ajps1020 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall exactly but it was something like US$4 approximately.
yes, the security guard is very rude. I lost my interest recommending this church to tourists.
April 6, 2015|
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Response from Aberaha | Reviewed this property |
Certainly had no problem there. Still recommend the visit
Is this the oldest catholic church in the new world?
February 25, 2015|
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Response from patty_montandon | Reviewed this property |
Yes this the first Catholic Church in all America, founded in 1512. It's very impressive and interesting, should be in better condition but our government dont take care of our most valuable and historical resources.