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Tourist gems of the Dominican Republic

To go to the Dominican Republic is both for a beach holiday, and for a separate acquaintance with the Caribbean history and culture, Dominican nature and modern attractions…

Tourist gems of the Dominican Republic

Colonial city of Santo Domingo is a UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of its cultural and historical significance
Colonial Santo Domingo will charm anyone. Small cobbled streets, with the smells of Creole cuisine and Caribbean coffee. Ancient churches, monasteries and palaces built in the era of Spanish sailors, in which even today you can shoot another series of “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

Santo Domingo was founded in the time of Columbus and became the first European city in the New World. It was here that the first Cathedral, the first monastery, the first hospital and the first University of America were built at the beginning of the XVI century.

santo domingo
Thanks to the son of the discoverer of America Diego Columbus, the first street appeared in the city. According to legend, Diego’s wife was a rare beauty, loved to dress luxuriously and wrote dresses from Paris. But she had nowhere to “walk” the French new clothes, which, in fact, she said to her husband, who was the Governor of Santo Domingo. So in the city there was a paved street, which was called “dam Street”. Tourists today can walk through it, imagining how from one Church to another under the scorching tropical sun on the stone pavement in the XVI century leisurely strolled luxuriously dressed ladies.

Santo domingo. Street Ladies
The legacy of Columbus and Alcazar de colon. The Palace, which was built by the same Diego, consists of 22 rooms and contains many original items. Of the historical objects preserved fortress of ozama with the interior of Torre del Homenage, which once was a prison. There are now also available tours, so if you want you can look into this tower.

santo domingo. The alcázar de colón
It is worth visiting the ruins of the monastery of St. Francis (Ruinas de San Francisco). The first monastery of the New World today serves as a gathering place for residents and tourists. Every Sunday on the square near the monastery people gather to listen to the performances of national groups and dance to the fiery Dominican rhythms.

santo domingo. Ruins of the monastery of St. Francis
In 1990, the Colonial city of Santo Domingo was listed as a UNESCO world heritage site in recognition of its cultural and historical significance.
The lighthouse of Columbus (Faro a Colón) shines floodlights up into the sky, giving a powerful pillar of light visible even from Puerto Rico, and it is more than 400 km
Let the name of the lighthouse does not bother you: the usual high tower with a lantern on the rock you will not see. The Columbus lighthouse is a large Museum complex, inside of which there is a mausoleum, where the great Navigator Christopher Columbus rests. Dominicans firmly believe that the remains of Columbus, who officially died in 1506 in the Spanish Valladolid, are on their land. To defend the “right to Columbus”, to the 500th anniversary of the discovery of America in 1992 and the mausoleum was built.

Columbus Lighthouse
The lighthouse of Columbus (Faro a Colón) contains a huge number of artifacts and documents that tell about the first years of Spanish influence on the continent and the life of the great sailor.

The height of the building — 33, width — 44, and length — 310 m. And yet the building is appropriately named lighthouse: on its roof installed 157 spotlights that Shine up into the sky. A powerful pillar of light is visible for many tens of kilometers. They say it can be seen even from Puerto Rico, which is more than 400 km.
The Church is “the eye of a needle”, resembling a Latin cross and is considered the patroness of the Republic and a major centre of pilgrimage in all of Latin America, the Basilica of the virgin of Altagracia
If you read the guidebooks, you will see it is a tall building in the city of Higuey, province of La Altagracia, immediately understand the purposes for which it is built. The usual architecture does not give out in this futuristic object, which locals call “coal eye”, one of the main centers of pilgrimage in all of Latin America.

“The eye of a needle” Basilica of the virgin of Altagracia
This is the Basilica of the virgin Altagracia, which is considered the patroness of the whole Republic. On top of the shape of the Church resembles a Latin cross, and the doors are made of bronze with a gold coating. Interesting and arches — they repeat the silhouette of the vestments of the virgin.

Basilica Of Our Lady Of Altagracia
The Church is modern: it was built in 1971 by French architects. It is worth admiring their creation both outside and inside. Admission is free.

The city of artists Altos de Chavon became a real Mecca for artists, musicians and other representatives of the creative Bohemia
One of the top places to visit in the Dominican Republic. Panoramic views, beautiful natural scenery and Mediterranean architecture in the city of artists, Altos de Chavon. The name of the town translates as Altos de — above, Chavon — the name of the river below the city, that is, “On the high Bank of the river Chavon”.

Altos de Chavon owes his creation to love. According to one version, the love of a local rich man to his daughter, who really wanted to go to Europe. So that the young maiden would not be sad, this cane merchant built an exact replica of a Mediterranean village over the chawon river.

Over time, Altos de Chavon became a real Mecca for artists, musicians and other representatives of the creative Bohemia. One of them was Frank Sinatra, who with his money built an amphitheater in the Greek style, able to accommodate about 5,000 people.

The journey through the City of artists will not be complete if you do not look into the Church of St. Stanislaus. They say that this was the wedding ceremony of Michael Jackson with Louise Presley.

City of artists. The Church Of St. Stanislaus
Today, Altos de Chavon, “Little Europe” in the Dominican Republic, operates as a tourist and cultural center: there are art galleries, a branch of the new York school of design.

Fans of marine life, Snorkelling and diving will find an outlet in the dives near the nearby island of Cayo Levantado and the Samana Peninsula, where you can find many manatees and dolphins
What you definitely need to look at the Dominican expanse, so it is the beauty of Caribbean nature. Here where expanse for selfies and photos. For colorful pictures welcome to The Samana Peninsula, where groves of coconut trees, crystal clear rivers, many waterfalls and caves, and pristine white beaches.

Samana peninsula
Samana and fans of marine fauna will be pleased: in the local waters you can find a lot of manatees and dolphins, from mid-January to mid-March here come humpback whales.

Snorkelling and diving enthusiasts will find an outlet in the dives around the nearby island of Cayo Levantado or, as it is called, “Bacardi Island”.

Dives near the nearby island of Cayo Levantado
It offers those who do not want to dive, all postcard Caribbean views: gorgeous sandy beaches, turquoise water, coconut trees. The restaurants on the island offer Dominican cuisine and, of course, pour Caribbean rum.
“Paradise pleasure” on the island of Saona in the form of a beautiful sandy beach with palm trees and clear blue water
Remember the popular ad about “heavenly delight”, where the coconut fell to the ground? So, it was filmed in the Dominican Republic on the island of Saona. And Paradise picture in the form of a beautiful sandy beach with palm trees and clear blue water on the SAON can be found almost everywhere.

Saona island – “heavenly delight»
Due to the rich diversity of unique vegetation (more than 500 species of rare tropical plants), the island became part of one of the national parks. Therefore, there are no hotels or resorts on SAON: tourists can only get here with a tour.

The island is full of birds and underwater inhabitants. These are all kinds of fish, stingrays, sea urchins, Moray eels. And on Saone you can see mangroves: they are located in coastal areas and go directly to the water.

The ruins of the house of Columbus, the Church, which hosted the first mass on the American continent, the amber Museum you will find in the Costa del Ambar
If you find yourself in the North of the country in Puerto Plata, be sure to visit the Costa del Ambar (translated from Spanish as “Amber coast”). The resort got its name because of the large deposits of amber. Here you can also find the heritage of Columbus: the ruins of his house, the Church, which hosted the first mass on the American continent, as well as the fortress of San Felipe. On the cable car you can climb mount Isabel de Torres, go to local museums – for example, the Museum of the history of the Taino Indians, the amber Museum.

Costa del Ambar
Do not be lazy to look into the city of Montecristi, on the coast of which a real fleet of Spanish Galleons is flooded.

In the national Park named after Armando-Bermudez are the origins of the 12 most important rivers of the country, the landscape of which will decorate any instagram and delight fans of wildlife
In the Dominican Republic, nature is the object of close attention, because the country has so many national parks. Here is another: the name of Armando-Bermudez, which is located in the center of the island, on the ridge of the Central Cordillera.

Armando Bermudez national Park. Pico Duarte
In the national Park named after Armando Bermudez are the origins of the 12 most important rivers of the country. And Alpine meadows, palm trees, vines, cedar trees, junipers, almonds, Creole pines and wild date, finally, mountain gorges and panoramic views. Photos of these landscapes will decorate any instagram and will please fans of wildlife.

With sea turtles, which are engaged in procreation, you will learn in the national Park Jaragua

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