The Colonial Zone

The Dominicans call the historic center of Santo Domingo “La zona”; that is where the very first religious, governmental, judicial and municipal administrations where built by the Spanish colons who arrived in 1492.

Among these, the “Catedral Primada de América” (1523-1546) which architecture stands between the Gothic and Renaissance styles. As many of the historic buildings in the colonial zone, it was the very first church built in all North and South America.

The Alcázar de Colón, built at the beginning of the 16th century was the palace of Don Diego Colón, son of Admiral Christopher Columbus, and his wife María de Toledo, niece of the King of Spain.

The Parque Colón, right next to the cathedral, is the center of the oldest part of the city.

In its surroundings you will find museums, bars, restaurants, small squares, streets full of charm and the rest of the historical monuments of the 16th century.

Hotel Villa Colonial is an excellent option for those wishing to discover Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic.