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 low-lying Cave of the Swallows or Cueva de las Golondrinas is tucked along the scraggly Atlantic coastline of Río San Juan, just a five-minute boat ride from town. An optional stop on tours of Laguna Gri Gri, your captain will steer the boat inside the small cavern–watch your head–to view its rock composition from ceiling to floor while you float on crystal clear turquoise waters. Once the boat exits the cave, you can choose to swim in the calm natural pool surrounding the area.🤿🐠  Tag someone you'd love to explore this astonishing place with. 👯‍♀️🌞  📸: @nomadavirtual
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