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Christopher Columbus History in Santo Domingo

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Christopher Columbus History in Santo Domingo
Spanish explore Christopher Columbus discovered the island of Hispaniola (which the Dominican Republic shares with Haiti) on his first voyage in 1492, and Santo Domingo was founded by his brother Bartholemy in 1496. The largest city in the Caribbean and the oldest continuously inhabited location in the Americas, Santo Domingo has a modern feel mixed with some of the first outposts of the New World. Here are some top sites that speak to the city’s history.

Columbus Alcazar (Alcázar de Colón)
The entire Zona Colonial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Alcazar is one of the highlights. The building was completed in 1512 and was once the home of Diego Columbus (son of Christopher Columbus), who acted as Governor of Hispaniola, and his wife María de Toledo. The couple’s bedrooms, grand entertaining hall, and intricate inlaid floors are well preserved.

Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon)
The exact location of Christopher Columbus’ remains are unknown. Some believe he is buried in a tomb in Seville Cathedral in Southern Spain, while others swear that the mausoleum here at the Columbus Lighthouse (Faro a Colon) is his final resting place. Whatever the case, this huge cross-shaped 10-story building, finished in the 1990s to mark 500 years since the 1492 discovery, is an atmospheric memorial to the great days of exploration.

Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor (Catedral Primera de América)
A lasting reminder of the historically close relationship between the Catholic church and the Spanish state, the Basilica Cathedral of Santa María la Menor was built during the 1500s by a succession of architects. The building that stands today is a combination of Gothic, Romanesque, and baroque styles, and plays its own role in the history of Santo Domingo: The English explorer Francis Drake used the cathedral as his headquarters while briefly gaining possession of the city in the 1580s.
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Santo Domingo Colonial City walking tourHalf-day Tours

Santo Domingo Colonial City walking tour

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The Alcazar of Diego Columbus, the Cathedral, Royal Houses Museum, Ozama Fort, a number of first institutions formed in the Americas, monastery, convent, university, hospital, and other very early 16th century institutions are explained from outside by a historian and researcher getting into the reasons of their formations and evolutions. Follow the footsteps of the Columbus and the conquerors actions to the indigenous and Spanish population; understand  the administrative foundations and the architectural and art beginnings of an entire continent and where the first slaves in the Americas were sold and how life was back then in the colony, like convents stretegic roles . The city captured by British, pirates and corsairs, French, Haitian, and Americans aces expectations.  See landmarks, film locations, and centennial urban transformation and modern ways of businesses too.     
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Santo Domingo City Tours Full Day From Punta CanaFull-day Tours

Santo Domingo City Tours Full Day From Punta Cana

Get a comprehensive tour of Santo Domingo with round-trip transportation from Punta Cana, which means no need to rent a car. Stroll the streets of El Conde, where you can take in the art and architecture, history and culture. Stop for a buffet lunch featuring typical Dominican food, then head for the historic cave of Los Tres Ojos.
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Ultimate Relaxation ExperienceFull-day Tours

Ultimate Relaxation Experience

We take care of everything on this one of a kind tour. Not only will you be escorted to Santo Domingo from Punta Cana by a private driver in a luxury car, you but a private guide will meet you in the Colonial Zone for you and your group. They will show you around and answer any questions you have about the history and city. From there you are off to Chocolate Factory in the Santo Domingo, where you will get to experience the history of Dominican Cacao including tasting and more. A lunch is not included, but we will take you to our favorite little Italian restaurant or to the restaurants in front of the Columbus house to enjoy some of the best Santo Domingo has to offer before heading back to Punta Cana.
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Santo Domingo City Tour from Santo DomingoFull-day Tours

Santo Domingo City Tour from Santo Domingo

Explore the most iconic sites of this city, known for being the first permanent European settlement in America and found out why it's a city declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
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