Santo Domingo is a historical city in the Dominican Republic and also its capital city. Located in the Caribbean Sea at the mouth of Ozama River, the city offers charming activities for your holiday. Historically it was the first European inhabited city in the Americas. It was the starting point of the Spanish conquistadors in their way to conquering the Caribbean Sea. It is also remarkable that a lot of “firsts” took place here: the first cathedral, hospital and university of the Americas, buildings that testify the glory of the colonial era.
Throught history the city passed through a number of disasters. It was destroyed by an earthquake, burned down by Sir Fracis Drake and attacked by both British forces and the French in the 17th century.
Today, the city is really cosmopolitan having 2.5 million inhabitants. The most popular region of the city is still the Colonial Zone in the West. There you can admire the Cathedral that dates back from 1514 and it is one of the architectural wonders of the Colonial City. You can access the building through Columbus Plaza were a monument of the great Christopher Columbus is placed. Since 1990, the place is a UNESCO World Heritage Center.
Photograph of the Santo Domingo Dominican Republic LDS Temple (c)2004 by Michael Provard.