Churches

A majority of the population is Roman Catholic, as well as other Christian denominations. As a result, Dominican churches play an important role in the culture and history of the country, dating back to the days of the Spanish colonialists. Tour the most significant church in the Colonial City: the Catedral Primada de América, the oldest in the Americas, where official national celebrations take place. The Colonial City is filled with many more breathtaking, important religious sites you can reach on foot, such as Iglesia Nuestra Señora de Las Mercedes, one of two representations of the country’s patron saint. Dominicans make a pilgrimage to Higüey every January 21, to the Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia, the country’s most important shrine dedicated to the DR’s patron saint, the Virgin Mary, and often included on tours from Punta Cana. Off the beaten track, a visit of the Holy Hill of Santo Cerro and adjoining church is worthwhile to see the third holiest site in the DR, just outside of La Vega, where Dominicans make a pilgrimage on September 24, Day of the Señora de Las Mercedes.

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Dominican Republic

Churches are a symbol of Dominicans’ solid faith, revealing centuries of history and architecture.

 
 
La Altagracia Museum features an impressive collection of paintings and gold jewelry dating back to the 17th century and up to the 20th. It also showcases the religious history and culture of the DR, and its devotion to the Virgin of La Altagracia.
Higüey, Punta Cana
Located just past the main dock area, this striking wooden building sitting in Bayahíbe village is its first religious site, consecrated in 1925. It boasts a glorious seafront view, and was built entirely from wood brought over from Florida.
La Romana
Straight out of a medieval postcard, St. Stanislaus Church—sitting in the heart of Altos de Chavón and overlooking the Chavón River—was consecrated in 1979, and is one of the most beautiful churches in the DR.
La Romana
Considered the first Catholic Church of the New World, Templo de Las Américas’ brick and stone colonial building sits in a beautifully landscaped garden. Stroll inside and feel the constant breeze from the nearby Atlantic flowing through this spiritual site.
Puerto Plata

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The absence of features of the faceless dolls represents the mix of Taíno, African and European cultures that constitute our Dominican heritage. 🇩🇴  They come in a variety of designs reflecting the creativity of the artisans, who are making the effort so that the tradition of their elaboration continues with new generations and that they continue to innovate. 🎨  Have you seen these beautiful handicrafts? What is your favorite design?  📷: @latierrabonitard
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Mofongo is a dish of traditional Caribbean cuisine of African influence prepared by mashing fried or roasted green plantain, crispy slow roasted pork belly and garlic. 😋🍽️ 
From this popular dish have emerged several variants, such as cassava, cheese, ripe plantain, shrimp and crab meat, among others, where each place highlights its creativity and local ingredients to make it unique. 🧀🦐🦀  Have you tried this delicious dish? Which one is your favorite?  📷: @jacquelinchefrd
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Have you tried sancocho?🍲  It’s one of Dominican Republic’s most iconic dishes and is typically made for family gatherings. Every recipe is different, but typically incorporates root vegetables and a variety of meats and seasonings.  What’s your favorite Dominican dish?🍛🫔  #GoDomRep #MyDR #DominicanGastronomy
Constanza is the perfect place to disconnect from the outside world and connect with the experiences that nature gives us.🌻  Explore this idyllic place located at the top of a mountain and fall in love with everything the Dominican Republic has to offer. 🌿🌞  📸@mochileraporelmundo @fresas_ariyama
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The Dominican Republic is a haven for marine life, including our beloved humpback whales, who come on vacation each year. There is a wide array of blue flag certified beaches throughout the country for you to enjoy.  🌊🐳
 
On this World Beach Clean Up Day we ask you to keep our beaches unspoiled for your next visit and generations to come. Only leave behind new connections and memorable experiences.    🏖🧹
 
Which actions would you take to keep our oceans clean? ♻️🌊  📹: “Keep the beaches clean” by @plasticchange 
  
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Imagine your mornings starting with a cup of 100% cacao chocolate and a view like this?🤩  You can make it happen in Dominican Republic!🙌🌿  📸: @quehacerenconstanza @mountainviewcafe
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Planning your Dominican Republic bucket list? From hiking trails to undiscovered beaches and cultural activities, there is so much more to Dominican Republic than meets the eye🌄🌞  Are you ready to have it all in just one place?🙌  📹: @andomrep @todo.dominicana 
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Views like this make you appreciate the simple things in life that make it so special. Breathe in the fresh air and behold the vibrant colors in the marvelous mountains around you. 🌄  The José del Carmen Ramírez National Park is home to the Blanco River Canyon and the Mirador de la Cordillera Central hiking trails, in the San Juan de la Maguana province. 🏞️  Tag someone who would love hiking there.  📷: @jeffrynunez @hector_ceballos
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You deserve exploring places of astonishing beauty and to have extraordinary adventures. You deserve it all and Dominican Republic has it. 🤩🏖️  #GoDomRep #MyDR #DominicanRepublic
Enjoy magnificent beach days at Playa Esmeralda, an expansive oasis with more beach space than beachgoers. 🌞🕶  Beyond the pristine beaches, Miches also has something for those with a taste for adventure. Spend your days kayaking, swimming, snorkeling, paddleboarding or just soaking up the sun. 🛶🤿 
Tag someone who loves to discover unspoiled beaches.  📷: @droneandoverland  #GoDomRep #MyDR #Miches

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