Catedral Primada de America
- Type: Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Some people refer to this church by its official name, Catedral Santa María La Menor, but it's probably best known as the first cathedral of the Americas. Whatever you call it, visitors agree: This coral-limestone building is magnificent inside and out.
A Yahoo! Travel writer says: "What a remarkable landmark and jewel of the church. It’s a peaceful, beautiful, stimulating place where the human just for a second almost can sense the presence of God." One Virtual Tourist offers this helpful tip: "NO ONE may enter in shorts or tank tops. More than that, women may not be allowed in if they are in pants. Luckily, one of the gift shops nearby … will rent skirts for RD $50."
Showcasing elements of Gothic, Baroque and plateresque architectural styles, the Catedral Primada de América still holds Sunday afternoon mass. If you're not interested in services, plan your visit from sometime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. There's disputed information on whether this church is free to tour, so bring at least 80 Dominican pesos (or about $2 USD) to cover a possible entry fee.