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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  • The first monastery in america should be a must-see, however the access is not allowed and the regas and foil doors remove overlooking the ruins. There are also a lot of trash around. On occasions in its entry made public dance events that are worth much. Despite everything, I suggest to take the road of the host up to this point.
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  • This place comes to life on Sunday night where a sea of people spread out onto the side streets leading up to this ruin. A live band plays and people of all age dance the night away. It is a great pla...  more »
  • Discovered by chance, because we visited alone, but have to ask so they find it, it is worthwhile although they are ruins and are behind some bars, because he was the first Jesuit monastery of America
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