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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  • I passed by there one of the walks, and all that can be seen are ruins. Even so, within the Colonial zone, is a historic monastery and, like almost everything in the city, the first in the Americas.
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  • Even though only part of it is easy to get an idea of what it was in past centuries and which accounted for the impressive work of the Franciscans developed. The ruins are well maintained and continue to work on them.
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  • Whenever I go to Santo Domingo, I stayed opposite these ruins, which already are part of my personal landscape and the area is already as my home
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