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Catedral Primada de America

Calle Arzobispo Merino, 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.
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  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
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Calle Arzobispo Merino, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-682-3848
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The history is breathe taking. There is a nominal fee and you can use headset for translation. You're welcome to sit in prayer and the to take photos as you can see. The only downside, the peddling by the men in pink. But other than...More

Thank Shelley L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful church with much history. The audioguide has perhaps too much information for the conventional traveler, unless you are very interested in historical facts, as there are many different chambers within the church (many interesting facts, but remember there are many different chambers!)

Thank natalia c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful church with a lot of history. Get an audio guide. It was 70 pesos for entry and audio tour.

Thank Joua L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some great architectural work for the location and time period. A lot of history to listen to (do the audio for 20 pesos more). Hard to feel comfortable in the building knowing how complicit the church was in the elimination of so many original inhabitants.

Thank djlund999
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't like audio guides, and I speak Spanish, so I just read information provided inside the cathedral on tablets. The cathedral has a very cute internal garden (or patio), which I also enjoyed.

Thank Tatiana L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rich history and attractions made you appreciate the history lessons you had in school and bring you face to face with the events that shaped your world

Thank cordisel
Reviewed October 14, 2017

For those catholic people, this is a must go. This is the first church built in the continent more than 500 years ago. Also as part of the history and the colonial architecture. Very impressive.

Thank German A
Reviewed October 8, 2017 via mobile

Amazing.....We live in Brooklyn, New York and there are hundreds of historical churches in the borough let alone NYC. This church is magnificent and has a powerful spiritual pull towards it rich purpose and history. My wife and I did not even verbally comment with...More

Thank Carl J
Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

This is a beautiful church, there is a lot of histroy. Women need to cover thier shoulders and knees to enter the building out of respect for the culture.

Thank Jennifer B
Reviewed September 28, 2017

After a walk through the town, it was such a sight to see a fan in the church! It was hot out. A beautiful church nonetheless.

Thank KipLoon
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October 5, 2015|
Response from ajps1020 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall exactly but it was something like US$4 approximately.
April 6, 2015|
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Response from Aberaha | Reviewed this property |
Certainly had no problem there. Still recommend the visit
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.