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 ruins are very pretty, there is no tourist. We then wandered around the monastery and took an El Presidente Beer on the terrac a small Dominican Bistro. The people were incredibly nice, and super nice framework!
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  • We visited it but it could not be entered and there was no references for each place. A penalty already that it looked like a beautiful and interesting site.
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  • Despite not being able to access the inner part and conservation be precarious, it is interesting to see the ruins of the first monastery of the Americas. It is also within the area.
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