"Iglesia Santa Bárbara" Old Town churches Tip by mikey_e

Old Town churches, Santo Domingo: 5 reviews and 20 photos

  Iglesia Santa Bárbara
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  • Iglesia Santa Bárbara - Santo Domingo
      Iglesia Santa Bárbara
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  • The church from afar - Santo Domingo
      The church from afar
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  • Whitewashed façade of Santa Bárbara - Santo Domingo
      Whitewashed façade of Santa Bárbara
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  • The Belfry - Santo Domingo
      The Belfry
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The Iglesia Santa Bárbara is not exactly on the tourist path for those who visit Santo Domingo. We stumbled on it while (stupidly) attempting to walk from the Zona Colonial to the Faro a Colón, and even then we didn't know what it was until afterward. The Church is actually tacked onto the ruins of the Fort Santa Bárbara, which was established in the 16th century when this area of Santo Domingo was a slum for Taíno and African slaves who worked in the limestone quarry nearby. Santa Bárbara is the patron saint of the military defenses of the city (a statue of her is also over the entrance to the armoury in the Fortaleza Ozama) and, although the Fort was supposed to protect the northern end of the city, it was also meant to keep the workers in check. The church is quite pretty and is today amidst a shopping district. You can enter an inspect the interior, but the most notable part of the structure is its pretty whitewashed façade and belfry.

Address: Puello and Isabel la Católica
Directions: North end of the city, towards the end of the Zona Colonial

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Sep 10, 2007
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