- Churches/Religious Sites, Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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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.
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. And remember to bring some Dominican pesos since the cathedral costs RD$60 (or about $1.33 USD) for adults to enter. Kids, though, get in free of charge.
Should you choose to go inside, remember to follow the dress code. Shorts, tank tops, and skirts and dresses that fall above the knee are not permitted. However, if you forget to dress appropriately, church employees will loan you a blanket or shawl to cover any exposed parts.
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