Rich and Plentiful Architecture

Historic Beauty and Hidden Secrets...

The Dominican Republic is just brimming with fascinating architecture, representing a diverse blend of cultures, coming together to create something that is truly unique.
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The European influences are most evident throughout the country, with many of the original older buildings being from Spanish colonial times.

The indigenious people also had a big infuence on the countries architecture. The Taino people relied on mahogany and guano (dried palm tree leaf), to create furniture and houses, they also used mud and thatched roofs to give buildings the natural look, so that they blended in with the islands surroundings.

Unfortunately no original Taino buildings are in existence, but there are several imitation thatched roof homes scattered around the island today.

Santo Domingo is the heart of the Zona Colonial, and has been declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, this is where you will find the oldest landmarks and buildings in the country.

Palacio Consistorial, Santo Domingo

The Palacio Consistoral was built in the early 1500’s and was the original location of the town hall. The building has been remodelled several times over the years, and is now mainly used for cultural events and art exhibits.

Monumento De Santiago

This monument is in the city of Santiago, and was originally built in 1944 as “Trujilo’s Monument to Peace”, however after Trujillo’s assassination in 1961 the government changed the name of the monument to "Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración", and dedicated it to the hero’s pf the Dominican Restoration War.

Convento de la Orden de los Predicadores

Built in 1510 by Charles V, this building is the first convent of the Dominican order, founded in the Americas. The vault of the chapel has a stone zodiac wheel, and there are paintings of religious figures on the walls, including Pope Saint Pius V. This was also the main writing place for Father Bartolome de la Casas.

Fort San Felipe

Fort San Felipe is a historic Spanish fortress, in Puerto Plata, also known as El Morro de San Felipe. The fortress was used to protect the city from pirates and corsairs, and is strategically positioned on a hill to protect the entrance to the seaport. Today the fort serves as a museum with military artefacts from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Traditional Houses

These are some of the traditional Spanish colonial coast houses you will see when you are exloring our beautiful island.
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