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The history of the city of Santiago has an important role in the country's history.
Originally founded in an area known as Jacagua, some seven kilometers from its present sight, the 1562 destroyed Santiago, Santiago′s history plays a significant role in the country′s past. Horse drawn carriages are ideal for exploring the city′s architectural wonders - both colonial and modern.
Places of interest are the “Plaza de la Cultura” (Cultural Plaza) and the Cathedral de Santiago Apóstol (Santiago Apostle Cathedral) built from 1868 to 1895 in neo-classic style, adorned with magnificent stained glass by Dominican artist Rincón Mora, which houses the tomb or and other patriots of the Dominican Republic′s war of restoration.
Within the Plaza is the enchanting Parque Duarte (Duarte Park) and the Monumento a los Héroes de la Restauración de la República (Heroes of Restoration of the Republic Monument), and the southern end of the park is the Museo del Tabaco (Tobacco Museum), on the northern side is the mudejar-styled Edificio de Recreo (Recreational Center), one of the exclusive private clubs.
Adjacent is the 19th. Century's Palacio Consistorial (Town Hall) housing the museum of village Santiago. Santiago is home to the most dynamic industrial free zone in the country. The city has a superb nightlife, chock full of clubs and discotheques, good hotels, wonderful hospitality and frien dly people. The company was formed in response to the decision made by a group of young entrepreneurs to develop significant hotel projects reflecting high standards of quality and profitability in the most demanding tourism areas of the country.
For a complete change of pace, the crisp air and alpine vegetation of the country's central mountain range is every bit as enthralling as the beaches. Two inland cities, Constanza and Jarabacoa glitter in their mountain setting. Framed against intensely blue skies, they offer a cooling respite from the coastal heat, and an awesome visual panorama that enfolds in every direction.
Easily reached by fine roads from the North and South, they lie at the foot of majestic Pico Duarte, at over 3,175 meters (10,000 feet) the Caribbean's highest point and a favorite of mountain climbers. The small lodgings that characterize this rugged region have recently opened their doors to eco-tourism and have designed challenging tours, treks and hikes for nature lovers.
Located at the entrance of the city, this monument was erected under the orders of dictator Rafael Leonidas Trujillo Molina. It is located on the highest point of the city, providing amazing views of the province. It was designed by architect Henry Gazón Bona. Its construction started on April 30th, 1944 celebrating the centenary of the National Independence, and it was finished before the end of the same year. Once the Trujillo Regimen was overthrown, the name was changed to the one it still has today. It is 70 meters high, made entirely out of marble, and its interior is decorated with murals by painter Vela Zanetti. A 365-step staircase leads to a windowed balcony on the highest floor.
The lower side is surrounded by columns of Ionic style. Through time, this building has become one of Santiago’s favorite spots for fun and recreational activities of both local residents and visitors. A lot of artistic events are held here, and beautiful sights of the city can be enjoyed during the day as well as the night.
This commercial center is located on Del Sol Street. You’ll find numerous handcrafted items made with typical materials.
Visit our hotels in Santiago
Hodelpa Gran Almirante
Enjoy the luxury, comfort and superior service that you deserve in the Hodelpa Gran Almirante Hotel & Casino.
Hodelpa Garden Court
The Hodelpa Garden Court combines with the highest technology, allowing you to organize business meetings and catering.
Cibao’s Grand Theater
The Grand Theatre holds shows and presentations for local and international artists. It boasts two rooms: "La Restauración" and "Julio Alberto Hernández". Its walls as well as floors are covered in marble and carved mahogany, it offers the most advanced sound system, and displays four formidable sculptures from the late Spanish artist Don Juan Avalo, depicting López de Vega y Carpio, Calderón de la Barca, Fray de León y Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz.
Our Beautiful Sunsets
Mother Nature is responsible for one of Santiago’s greatest spectacles at sunset. The best spots at this time are The War of Restoration Heroes Monument and Imbert Park.
Santiago’s Cultural Center
Just like its name indicates, the spot for cultural and art related events and activities. At all times you can enjoy painting and sculpture expositions, theatre, ballet or concerts. It also works as a learning center for the arts. Located at Del Sol Street, at the corner of Benito Monción.
Tomás Morel’s Folk Art Museum
Here you’ll be able to admire numerous items related to the Dominican folklore and the everyday lifestyle in Santiago from the colonial period through the 1960’s. It holds a wonderful collection of “pig masks” in representation of the city’s carnival. It is located on Restauracion Street.
Cultural Center Eduardo León Jiménes
This is the most renowned museum in the country and one of the best in the Caribbean. It has three permanent collections: Identity Signs, "Genesis and trajectory" (which showcases selections from the Eduardo León Jiménes Art Contest every two years), and a room dedicated to visiting collections. Caribbean Patio is located within its gardens, offering a lovely spot for meetings and events.