- Sightseeing Type
- 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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The Fortaleza Ozama is the oldest formal standing fort in the Americas — reason alone to swing by for a visit — but travelers also describe it as a great place to learn a bit of local history while snapping photos of Santo Domingo. Built in 1502, the fort served the military interests of Spain, England, France, Haiti, Gran Colombia, the U.S. and, of course, the Dominican Republic until it was decommissioned and reopened for public use in 1970. Once you've soaked up the landmark's rich history and are ready to take in the view, just climb to the top of the coral rock Torre del Homenaje (or Tower of Homage) that stands in the center.
Prior travelers said the views offer the perfect backdrop for top-notch photographs, although some caution that the lack of consistent maintenance leaves this fort looking dirty and uncared for at times.
You'll find this fort at the southern end of Calle Las Damas. You can visit from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sundays La Fortaleza closes at 4 p.m. Admission costs approximately RD$70 or $1.55 USD.
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