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Calle José del Carmen Ariza 36

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Free

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Free, Tours, Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
Less than 1 hour Time to Spend

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The current San Felipe Cathedral was built in 1956 on top of the footprint of a 16th-century church that burned down in 1863. After the fire, construction on the new church started in 1870; reconstruction was completed in 1956. In 1996, Pope John Paul II created the Diocese of Puerto Plata, giving the church the rank of cathedral. Several times a day, the bells are rung announcing the start and end of Mass at this busy and lively cathedral. 

Recent visitors found the architecture and stained glass interesting. A few reviewers said there are tour guides stationed at the church who can provide more information about the church's history. If you choose to take the guides up on their offer, be prepared to give a tip. 

The cathedral is located in Puerto Plata's center park, overlooking the Victorian-era district of historic buildings. Visitors should be respectful of worshippers.

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