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Submitted by dr1guide on August 1, 2009 – 3:57 pmNo Comment


1 . Catedral Primada de America
The oldest and first cathedral in the Americas. It was consecrated as a cathedral in 1540 and is an element of local pride and identity.

2. Parque Colón
This park is the principal intersection of the Zona Colonial and El Conde shops. In the backdrop is the Cathedral. It is undoubtedly one of the best urban spaces in Santo Domingo.

3. Mercado Modelo
This market houses the largest collection of tourist souvenirs in the city, with unique discoveries to be found among the checkerboard corridors of vendor stalls that deck this block-long building.

4. Jardín Botánico
Its Japanese Garden rivals those in Japan. But this very active nature center is without doubt the best example of the beauty and diversity of Dominican flora.

5. Alcazar de Colón
Accustomed to the elegant life at court after marrying the niece of King Ferdinand of Spain, Diego Columbus would build the closest thing to a monarchial palace west of the Atlantic.

6. Plaza de España
This plaza is about people-mingling, people-watching and taking in the grand sight of the Alcazar from any of the great restaurants that frame the west side of this memorable colonial architecture.

7. Avenida Venezuela
Large open dance terraces and the city’s best mega-colmadones are the trademark of this area that captures the love for partying so innate to all Dominicans.

8. El Faro a Colón
Christopher Columbus never imagined he would get such a monumental tomb. His remains are enclosed within a bronze and marble monument encased in transparent shields to protect it from the winds.

9.The National Zoo
Wild animals one would never expect to find in Santo Domingo roam free in the Caribbean’s largest zoo. Hop on the motorized train or take a stroll to get up close and personal with some of the most exotic animals on earth.

10. Metro de Santo Domingo
It just opened up in January 2009 and is making Dominicans feel like they are in New York City. The best collection of large public art is on display at several of its 16 stations. A ride to see the sights is cheap, at RD$20.

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