Monasterio de San Francisco, Santo Domingo

Categories: Ruins, Tourist Spots
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3.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • I didn't see much of the ruins as I was more interested in the free concert given by Grupo Bonye. Every Sunday evening, officially from 5pm, but at 6pm, they were still doing the sound check the first...  read more »
  • I recommend it is a Sunday afternoon with the Orchestra are more the warmth of people one enjoys it the most have security can take a few beers or eat cake on sheet (rich).
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  • This place is just beautiful with tree growing out of the wall! During sunset is even more beautiful. On Sunday, there is free concert just outside. Down the hill there is a typical sweet store that s...  read more »
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