The Zona Colonial, or the Colonial Zone, can be found nestled in the oldest city in the Americas, Santo Domingo, which is the capital of the Dominican Republic. It is an excellent place to soak up some fascinating history and explore the rich and exciting past of the Dominican Republic.
Whilst I love to spend time relaxing, soaking up the sunshine, and taking in the beautiful scenery when I head off on vacation to somewhere as special as the Dominican Republic, I also love to delve into the past and explore the roots of the area that I am visiting. No doubt this is something that many people love to do and if you are looking to learn more about the past of this place then the Colonial Zone is the place to do it.
When you visit the Zone you will find a charming combination of the historic and old as well as the modern and new. In addition to exploring the richly historic sites and attractions that can be found here you will also find places to dine, enjoy a drink, shop and even hotels in which to stay.
Some of the attractions in the historic Zone
You will find a range of attractions and points of interest to explore when you pay a visit to the Zona Colonial – and if you are in the historic Santo Domingo the Zone should be a definite addition to your itinerary. Some of the points of interest you can enjoy taking in at the Zone include:
Alcázar de Colón (El): Dating back to the early 1500s this building is an Italian Renaissance style structure with a Gothic twist. Whilst it was once going to be turned into a prison it was actually restored around half a century ago.
Capilla de Nuestra Senora de los Remedios: This chapel dates back to Colonial times but was damaged in the 1850s and rebuilt in the 1880s. It was then damaged again by a hurricane in 1930 and rebuilt again in 1970. Whilst it has gone through a number of rebuilds in its time it is still a fascinating place to take in and explore.
Casa de Bastidas: Once home to Don Rodrigo de Bastidas, who was the mayor of the city and the king's tax collector, this fascinating building boasts a rich history for exploring. You will also find an art gallery here, enabling you to soak up some culture as well as history.
Museo Casa Duarte: This building once belonged to Juan Pablo Duarte, also known as the Father of the Country. When you come here you can enjoy the museum and learn more about this fascinating historical figure.
These are just a few of the places of interest that you will find in the Zona Colonial. In addition to this there are other historical attractions, monuments, and of course a plethora of facilities and amenities, so you can really make the most of your time in this area.