"Monasterio de San Francisco" Zona Colonial - Old Town Tip by mikey_e

Zona Colonial - Old Town, Santo Domingo: 22 reviews and 52 photos

  Plantain seller and the Monasterio
by mikey_e
  • Plantain seller and the Monasterio - Santo Domingo
      Plantain seller and the Monasterio
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  • Ruins of the Monasterio San Francisco - Santo Domingo
      Ruins of the Monasterio San Francisco
    by mikey_e

There is little that remains of the Monasterio San Francisco, built by the Franciscan order starting in 1544. This is because the originally building and its reincarnations have seen several earthquakes and an assault by the English under Drake. The Gothic portal leads to the Chapel of the Third Order, which was built in 1704. Today the ruins, which still have the same pretty pink coral stone, are used mainly as a backdrop for bridal photography, but in the 1800s this place had a less savoury use as an insane asylum. The grounds of the monastery itself are ok, but the parks around are filled with the destitute and homeless who may harass you for money as you photograph the ruins.

Address: Tejera and Calle Hostos
Directions: North on Arzobispo Meriño

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  • Written Sep 9, 2007
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