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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CHURCHES IN
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

#romanceDR

Happy National Merengue day! 🎶👯‍♀️
UNESCO declared traditional Dominican merengue music and dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.    This cultural expression has influences in Spanish, African and indigenous cultures. It was composed by the “cuatro”, guitar, Güira, and the tambourine originally. In 1870, the “cuatro” was replaced by the accordion and years later the saxophone, bass and piano were added.     
What’s your favorite merengue song?  💃🏻🕺  📸: @juanluisguerra 
#GoDomRep #MyDR #LamparaPaMisPies
Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s second largest city in the heart of the Cibao Valley. It’s a modern and cosmopolitan center thriving in commerce, finance, education, services, and pulsating with culture. 🌼
  
Popular attractions include Gran Teatro Cibao, Centro Cultural León Jimenes, Centro de la Cultura, Estadio Cibao, art galleries, several cigar factories, and a wide variety of gourmet restaurants.  
  
Does Santiago seem like your kind of place?🏙👯‍♀️
📸: @carloshorton.a  
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #MyDR Santiago #CiudadCorazón
Dominican gastronomy is the result of a rich cultural heritage, which has resulted in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes that will delight your palate. 🍽
  
The delicious dessert known as Maíz Caquiao (cracked corn pudding) in the northern region and "Chacá" in the south of the country, is prepared with dried corn, milk and spices. Sweet potato bread is a type of dense and spicy pudding made with sweet potato with a spicy flavor and aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. 🥰🥧🌽  📸: @isvvisual  @victorheredia_ 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #MyDR #DominicanGastronomy
Our kind of Monday. Wander through the lushest surroundings in a treehouse resort nestled within the tropical forest of El Valle. 🌿🌦  Tucked away in the verdant hills of Samaná, a visit to Dominican Tree House Village is sure to delight all travelers alike. This is a great place to reconnect with nature and your loved ones.  Tag who you’d like to share this unique place with.  📷: @dominicantreehousevillage  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #dominicantreehousevillage #samana #elvallesamana
Looking for an awesome kitesurfing vacation? Las Terrenas has what you’re looking for and plenty more. 🏄‍♀️🏖  It has constant trade and thermal wind from February to August. Its calm water is perfect for beginners or to practice new tricks. Get ready to have a blast exploring Samaná’s natural surroundings and to enjoy its chilled vibe.  Would you like to kitesurf in this stunning place?  📷: @kiteworlddr  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr ##samaná #lasterrenas #elportillosamaná
Let yourself be enticed by Laguna Dudú’s magical underwater world. Its underwater cave system is filled with tunnels that give way to hidden wonders to be discovered. 🌊🤿  Turquoise, freshwater lagoons surrounded by steep cliffs with caves and lush forest will keep you swimming all day long. Located in Cabrera, in the María Trinidad Sánchez province, the park offers outdoor entertainment and unforgettable experiences.  Would you swim in this spectacular place?  📷: @chinamitas @dudulagoon @sun.sand.spirit.dr  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #lagunadudu #mariatrinidadsanchez
The José del Carmen Ramírez National Park has one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the DR: the Blanco River Canyon and the Mirador de la Cordillera Central, in the province of San Juan de la Maguana. ⛰🌊  The two-day adventure begins at the Palomino hydroelectric dam, where the Yaque del Sur and Blanco rivers converge. From the top of the Gajo del Toro hill, the Pico Duarte and La Pelona can be seen at close range.  Tag your friends who would be up to adventure!  📷: @hector_ceballos @andoaventurando @vanespinal @_kendrii @viajonas @aventurascondaniel @jl.montero  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #sanjuandelamaguana #presadepalomino
If you think baseball games are fun, wait until you go to a Dominican baseball game. It’s a unique experience filled to the max with fun. The DR has among the best baseball players in the world. The fans are very passionate about the game, and they sure know how to celebrate, win or lose! ⚾️😀 
The professional baseball series is taking place in the stadiums of Santo Domingo, Santiago, San Francisco de Macorís, San Pedro de Macorís and La Romana. The 2022 Caribbean Series will be held in Santo Domingo from January 28 until February 3.  Who do you think will be the winning Dominican team?  📷: @depauladrone @torosdeleste @aguilasbbc @escogidobbclub @estrellasbc  @gigantescibao @tigresdellicey @lidomrd @beisboldelcaribe  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #lidom #temporadabeisbolinvernal #seriedelcaribe2022
Reaching the highest waterfall in the Caribbean: Priceless. The 394-feet-high Salto de la Jalda is an ideal tour for nature lovers, who come for its rich diversity of flora and fauna and scenic mountain views. ⛰🌲  It preserves the rainforest of the northern slope of the Cordillera Oriental mountain range, where two rivers have their headwaters and springs.  Tag who would be up to the challenge to reach the top.  📷: @andoaventurando @_kendrii @destinosrd  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #opendr #saltolajalda #hatomayor #elseibo

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