Panteón Nacional, Santo Domingo

Panteón Nacional, Santo Domingo (must see)

The National Pantheon was built from 1714-1746 by the Spaniard Geronimo Quezada y Garçon and was originally a Jesuit church. The structure was constructed in the neoclassic-renaissance style. Today the structure stands as a national symbol of the Dominican Republic and serves as the final resting place of the Republic's most honored citizens.

Jesuits held mass here from 1746-1767. After 1767 it was used as a tobacco warehouse and then as a theater. The theater was the venue for the pro-independence organization La Trinitaria, which staged shows under aliases such as La Filantrópica and La Dramática. From its stages, the ideas were set in motion for a free and sovereign republic by national heroes like Juan Pablo Duarte, Ramon Matias Mella, and Francisco del Rosario Sanchez, among others.

In 1956, Spanish architect Javier Borroso renovated the structure to serve its new purpose as a national mausoleum, by order of then dictator Rafael Trujillo. Originally, Trujillo envisioned being interred at the National Pantheon, yet ironically today it is the place were the country's most famous persons are honored, among others Trujillo's assassins. Other notables that are buried at the National Pantheon include: Francisco Gregorio Billini, Gregorio Luperón, and Eugenio Hostos.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 4:30 pm
Sight description based on wikipedia

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Panteón Nacional on Map

Sight Name: Panteón Nacional
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 - 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
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 Shopping

Santo Domingo Shopping

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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
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 Introduction Walk

Santo Domingo Introduction Walk

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles