Cathedral of Santa Maria


Cathedral of Santa Maria Dominican Republic is home to some of the oldest structures in the Caribbean and in the amazing city of Santo Domingo the remarkable Cathedral of Santa Maria is found. Take a vacation to Dominican Republic and walk along the cobblestones streets of this amazing city and you will feel like you are walking in the colonial days. During your stay you will see the largest shopping areas in Dominican Republic, with an array of shops to purchase local souvenirs.

The Cathedral of Santa Maria is the oldest cathedral in Santo Domingo, and one of its main attractions. This cathedral was completely built in 1540 and features a golden tint coral limestone façade. The cathedral is styled in both Gothic and Baroque architecture, with a very high altar made of pure silver.

The cathedral has been through a great deal of events, including the capturing of Santo Domingo by Sir Francis Drake, he also held the town at ransom for a period of time as the cathedral was his headquarters. Cathedral of Santa Maria is a treasure of Santo Domingo that has an excellent collection of art, old woodcarvings, furnishings, monuments and valuable jewelry. Take a visit to the cathedral and stand in same spot that Sir Francis Drake captured Santo Domingo in 1586.

Cathedral of Santa Maria structure is a significant landmark as it is the first cathedral of the Americas. Although Santo Domingo is a city of many modern buildings, the cathedral once houses the tomb of Christopher Columbus.

The cathedral is opened to the public between Mondays to Saturdays, free of cost, visitors are to dress modestly. Being nestled in the heart of Colonial City, the cathedral is where you can learn about the precious amber stones.

If you are a history buff, you will enjoy the Colonial City with its many attractions, which makes Santo Domingo an exciting place to visit. Take a trip through history while in the comfort of modern day accommodations and delicious cuisines.