Monasterio de San Francisco, Santo Domingo

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Travel back to the early years of colonialism at Monasterio de San Francisco, the ruins of the New World's first monastery. Set up by Franciscans, the complex dates from 1508. Its tempestuous history includes being set ablaze by Elizabethan explorer Sir Francis Drake in 1586, followed by destruction and reconstruction after consecutive earthquakes in 1673 and 1751. Originally consisting of three connected chapels, the monastery last served as a mental asylum from the late 18th century to the 1930s, when a hurricane dealt it a fatal blow. (Look for the chains used to shackle patients, still scattered around.) Check tourist information centers for a schedule of events, as the ruins host open-air concerts on occasion. Add Monasterio de San Francisco to your Santo Domingo travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Santo Domingo family vacation planner.
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  • August 10, 2017
    These open air concerts are amazing! I think they happen every sunday. The crowd is happy and friendly, and the music is great- all your old merengue/son/salsa favorites from the 80's and 90's. 5-10pm...  more »
  • July 23, 2017
    These ruins have a very nice atmosphere (first monastery in the Americas), so if you walk not far from this area (eg Plaza España area) it is worth to include this in your program. You can get into th...  more »
  • July 20, 2017
    Went on a Sunday night where they have free live music and dancing. A fun atmosphere, both tourists and locals there. Will go again next time I'm in Santo Domingo  more »

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