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“Beautiful location”

Monasterio de San Francisco
Ranked #25 of 193 things to do in Santo Domingo
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Owner description: The ruins of the first New World monastery lie here, destroyed by two different earthquakes.
Nashville, Tennessee
Level 6 Contributor
105 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Beautiful location”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

I was really excited to see this location. This monastery was destroyed by earthquakes and is now used for live music events. The gates were locked when I arrived but the gates are wide enough to slip a camera through and get some great images. If you arrive at sunset, the colors are amazing. It's a beautiful location.

Visited March 2013
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“Sunday night there is live music”
Reviewed August 3, 2013

during the day it may not be worth a special trip. However, every Sunday evening from around 8pm-11:00pm there is a live concert playing caribbean music. There is a dance area in the center and 100's of locals come out to watch the show. There are lots of plastic chairs but they go quick so get there early. Last Sunday was amazing, with a total of 5 brass players, an electric bassist and guitarist, 5 singers, etc, etc.

If it is very rainy the show may be cancelled. If it's sprinkling here and there they usually will STILL have the show. I have seen them play until it sprinkles, pull tarps over the instruments, then play again when the sprinkling stops. They are truly dedicated as water is ruinous to instruments.

Visited August 2013
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Aruba
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Part of history of DR, sorry to say no information available”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

If you have some time in Santo Domingo, it's okay to see, but not really worth doing everything you can to see this place. I wish there had been signs to tell me something about the place, or being able to go inside it, so have a better look. You can only see it from the outside and in the park next to it there are a lot of people hanging around, staring at you. Nobody followed us or did something annoying, but I didn't feel quite safe around the park.

Had a great local meal next to the park though, so I'm really glad we came here. 100 pesos for fish in coconut sauce, plantain, rice and a small soup, what more do you want.

Visited July 2012
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san antonio
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“interesting, be on your gaurd”
Reviewed December 5, 2009

my husband and I went there while in the DR for our honeymoon. We could have done with out seeing it. While we were there numerous people followed us around asking for money, not locals. They made us VERY nervous. While we were among the ruins locals started throwing rocks and old food at us. We left rather quickly! The sight its self was beautiful and interesting to see, but staying in your car is HIGHLY recommened!

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Angel Fire, NM
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Knock, and the door will be opened.”
Reviewed July 26, 2007

You may find the the ruins of the Monastery are locked up. If you're interested in seeing more, call out (hola! works fine). Chances are someone will emerge and open the gates for a closer look. A few pesos tip is considered sufficient.

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