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Colonial City of Santo Domingo is the old quarters of the capital and largest city of the Dominican Republic. Santo Domingo is a big city. With a population exceeding two million, it is the largest city in the Caribbean.

The Colonial City of Santo Domingo is where the first cathedral, hospital and other historical buildings are located. This old part of town was first laid out in 1498, and it became the model for other towns that were developed after it in the New World.

The Colonial City of Santo Domingo was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 14th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Banff, Canada, on 7-12 December, 1990.

Photos of Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Colonial City of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Author: EdwinCasadoBaez (public domain)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 18 29 W 69 55
Inscription Year: 1990
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: II, IV, VI

Location Map of Colonial City of Santo Domingo


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Visiting Colonial City of Santo Domingo

Las Americas International Airport (SDQ) is the airport serving Santo Domingo. It is half an hour from downtown Santo Domingo. Most of the heritage sites and tourist attractions are in the Distrito Nacional municipality. The city has a single-line subway, with a second line under construction. It costs 30 pesos (less than US$1.00) per ride. Other than that, taxis are the most convenient but expensive way to move about in Santo Domingo.


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