Fortaleza Ozama, Santo Domingo

Fortaleza Ozama, Santo Domingo (must see)

The Fortaleza Ozama (in Spanish; Ozama Fortress in English) is a sixteenth-century castle which lies at the entrance to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and overlooking the Ozama River. Named after this river, the castle, also referred to as "La Fortaleza" or "The Fortress", is the oldest formal military construction still standing in America. An impressive architectural structure of medieval style and design, the Tower of Homage (in Spanish: Torre del Homenaje) stands in the center of the grounds. The castle was designed to guard the entrance to the port of Santo Domingo, and defend the city from seaborne enemies. Construction began in 1502. It was well-built enough to serve as a prison until the 1960s, when the prison was closed, the "Fortaleza" was restored and it opened to the public as a tourist attraction. It is located at the end of Las Damas Street.
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Fortaleza Ozama on Map

Sight Name: Fortaleza Ozama
Sight Location: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Create Your Own Walk in Santo Domingo

Create Your Own Walk in Santo Domingo

Creating your own self-guided walk in Santo Domingo is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Santo Domingo Colonial Churches

Santo Domingo Colonial Churches

Santo Domingo is a city with several different places of worship. The city is home to a number of beautiful churches rich in history and religious heritage. Also, the churches are all ideally situated close to one another, thereby making it possible to view them all in one trip.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Santo Domingo Cultural Tour

Santo Domingo Cultural Tour

Santo Domingo is very beautiful and popular among tourists. The city offers a large variety of distinct cultural spots, thus making Santo Domingo all the more attractive. Museums, theaters, and other beautiful buildings line the city streets, clearly demonstrating culture through its traditions and its art.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Zona Colonial Tour

Zona Colonial Tour

Zona Colonial, or "Colonial Zone", is a tiny metropolis situated in the city of Santo Domingo. Zone Colonial is the most ancient settlement in "The Americas". Journey down the beautiful streets of this ancient establishment and you are sure to find a plethora of historical buildings, shops, museums, and churches.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Santo Domingo - El Malecone

Santo Domingo - El Malecone

El Malecone stretches for 15 km along the shore. It is a very beautiful street to walk, where one can admire the beauty of the Dominican Republic while cherishing first-class ice cream. El Malecone is not only a popular attraction for tourists, but also a hot spot for locals as well. Make sure you check it out during your time in Santo Domingo.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Santo Domingo Shopping

Santo Domingo Shopping

Santo Domingo is famous not only for its great atmosphere, service, and beautiful locations, but also for its shopping spots. The most famous street for shopping in the city is El Conde, situated in the Colonial Zone. Here, you will find a lot of interesting goods for sell.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Las Damas Street

Las Damas Street

Las Damas is the most ancient street in the city and thus very popular due to its rich culture. The street received its name after the wives of important individuals in Dominican Republic who liked to take walks down the street in their spare time. Today you can follow their path and enjoy the same trees, colonial houses, and other buildings of interest.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles