Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo

I spent the weekend at the V Symposium Caribbean Genealogy and History (V Simposio Caribeño Genealogia e Historia) , held this year in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

This gave me a chance to check out the Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo. Locally known as “Catedral Primada de America”, this is one thing you don’t want to miss when you visit Santo Domingo.

It is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540. The lower chambers are closed to the public at the moment, but thanks to a special tour, we were able to see where Christopher Columbus’s remains -may be-  through these beautiful metal gates with fossil embedded amber stones.

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