Catedral Primada de America, Santo Domingo

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Gaze upon the beautiful golden coral-limestone facade, and immerse yourself in the rich history of Catedral Primada de America, the first cathedral to be built in the Americas. Take an audio guide on entry, available at a small extra charge, and admire the magnificent architecture of the 500-year-old structure, with its cross-vaulted ceilings and impressive scale. Be aware that the cathedral still functions as a place of worship, so any clothing deemed too revealing is forbidden. You should consider wearing long shorts and shirts before you visit, although you can cover up with wraps available at the entrance. Use our Santo Domingo itinerary planner to arrange your visit to Catedral Primada de America and other attractions in Santo Domingo.
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  • The cathedral is beautiful - nestled very discreetly in the city, almost easy to miss just driving by. If you wear shorts they will give you a wrap to cover your knees so dress modestly or be prepared...  more »
  • Bring your camera, this is a splendid place. Visit little take between 30 to 60 minutes this is a place of prayer.
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  • This is a truly remarkable piece of history made even better by a tasteful restoration and the great English audio guide. Try and avoid the cruise groups. Go 1st thing or late afternoon Do not miss  more »
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  • Beautiful church nice architecture, relaxing park with good music and a lot of pigeons.
  • Breathtaking cathedral. Bring a camera with a good flash. A must see if you're in the area.
  • Hermoso lugar
  • Amazing works of sculpture and architecture. Worth the visit. And take the audio guide to better understand the meaning of each chapel.
  • Be sure to be "well dressed" (no shorts pants, no short skirts, no short dressed, no naked back, no naked front)... Otherwise you won't be able to enter.