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Built in the 1520s, the palace was primarily constructed in Italian Renaissance style with some gothic details. The main entrance, however, was designed in Isabeline style. The building comprises of two rectangular floors, two wings joined by a central corridor and two galleries.
In 1770 the building was abandoned. Attempts were made to turn it into a prison, but none were successful. In 1809 and 1835 major landslides collapsed parts of the building, but in 1957 it was restored by stonemasons to its present condition. Admission runs about 20 dollars for adults, children are admitted free.
El Conde Pedestrian Mall
One of the oldest streets in Santo Domingo and still among the city's most popular commercial centers, this quaint pedestrian street extends from the Parque Colon to the Parque Independencia. It hosts a diverse variety of stores that include apparel and textile shops, shoe stores, restaurants and cafes, a hotel, gift shops and jewelery stores.
Over time, this street has received several names, including Clavijo, Real and Separacion. Its current name honors the Conde (Count) of Peralba who defeated the English in the 17th century.
Museum of The Dominican Man
This anthropological museum is committed to the advancement of the native peoples of the Dominican Republic.
Inside, museum visitors will find a variety of pre-Columbian artifacts, including a stone with manatee incrustation, ceremonial axes, a ceremonial seat call a duho, a carved vomiting spatula used by shamans on drug-induced vision quests, amulets, and a ceremonial tray. Visitors can tour the museum on their own or join a guided tour. Tours are recommended.
Situated at an important commercial hub, this market shows off the more popular aspects of the culture. Well-known for its color and for the charismatic salesmanship of its vendors, the market offers a wide variety of goods including flowers and home-decorating items. While not exactly fancy, these products are considered to be truly Dominican.
You will also find articles to help you remember your stay in this small corner of paradise. All kinds of lotions and perfumes, amulets, prayers, stamps, and pictures of saints promising love are available. Prices are excellent.
Casa de Teatro
Without losing Its original purpose, Casa de Teatro has also evolved Into an all-around artist s haven. Situated In the very heart of Santo Domingo s Colonial Zone, It Is a peaceful setting surrounded by centuries-old colonial walls.
Today, Casa de Teatro Is made up of a omfortable rehearsal hall, a theater, an rt gallery and a lovely cafe, where music lovers can enjoy live jazz or folk music, as well as a full-fledged rock concert.
Visit our hotels in Santo Domingo
Hodelpa Caribe Colonial
Located in the very center of Colonial Santo Domingo, surrounded by cafes, bars and well known restaurants.
The Real Atarazanas
Shown pieces from colonial times are shown here. They describe some of the traditions of their times. Housed the continent's oldest commercial structure.
Saint Nicolas of Bari Hospital
The continent's first medical facility and construction ended in 1522. The structure, home to hundreds of local birds, is one of the most visited, and most beautiful, of all the colonial structures standing in Santo Domingo.
The Cord House
Built in 1503, this is the oldest stone structure in the New World. Its name, House of the Cordon, is in honor of the Franciscan monks tied around their waist. This is the cord that appears over the main door and was repeatedly used in Spanish architecture of the 15th century.
Museum of The Real Houses
In order to house all its official building in one single structure, the Spanish authorities built the Casas Reales in the first quarter of the 16th century.
Many of these firsts structures are still standing in the city s colonial streets. Many of the religious, government, health and municipal buildings that were built by the Spanish colonizers are still open to the public. Because of these many firsts UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has declared Santo Domingo s colonial zone as a Patrimony of Humanity.
Vida Nocturna. During the night, there is a place to go to suit everyone s tastes. Young tourists may find places for their enjoyment and where typical Dominican or International music is played.