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Address: Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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+1 809-682-3848
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This impressive cathedral, one of the earliest built in the Americas, is...

This impressive cathedral, one of the earliest built in the Americas, is known for its dramatic architecture.

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Tantalizing and Fascinating

This cathedral is very interesting, full of history, and has a "listen-at-your-own-pace" audio program that is well worth the few dollars it costs to get the full impact of the... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Joanne T
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upstate new york
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upstate new york
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This cathedral is very interesting, full of history, and has a "listen-at-your-own-pace" audio program that is well worth the few dollars it costs to get the full impact of the cathedral.

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Hickory, North Carolina
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Good place to visit. Lots of exciting history. We did the English audio tour and enjoyed learning about the cathedral and also the connection to Christopher Columbus and Pope John Paul II.

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Thank GSpach
Appleton, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Really well maintained shrine to the beginnings of the RD civilization. Best deal on the island, a trip to the past for just 60 pesos (audio) included!

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Thank Crissy Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Is beautiful.. this is the place that you have to visit when you are in Santo Domingo. The construction is perfect and awesome

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New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place was so beautiful. I was in D.R. for work purposes when i had realized that it was Ash Wednesday. A few co-workers who knew the area took me to this cathedral so i could get ashes. After the mass i was able to walk around and look at the construction and read/see the history of the building. Fascinating... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very ancient cathedral beautifully maintained, with a nice audio guide that explains you the history of the building. A must do if you go to Santo Domingo!

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited this beautiful building as part of a trip purchased from our hotel. This is well worth a visit, the sculptures are breath taking and the history is rich! You won't be disappointed.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The cathedral itself is beautiful and worth the trip most certainly. The reason I give this an average rating is because the self-guided audio tour didn't work correctly and so I couldn't fully appreciate the history and visuals of what I was seeing. Because the various alters were installed at different times, you can't understand the significance of each without... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This place is very beautiful the artwork the sculptures the marble the lighting two paintings it's a must-see I recommend everybody visit there if they go to the country at least once truly a great experience

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Miami, Florida
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

History lesson by itself, since the times of America birth, is America first cathedral..... Is a nice piece of Spanish architecture.

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