Ruins San Francisco Church and Monastery, Santo Domingo

Discover the incredible Ruins of the Church and Monastery of San Francisco in the historical Ciudad Colonial.

Ruins of the San Francisco Church and Monastery, Santo Domingo
San Francisco Church and Monastery
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The original building of the Monastery of San Francisco was built in wood in 1508 on top of a hill, and its purpose was to be used by the Order of San Francisco. Due to the weakness of the material as well as the weather conditions and various assaults, they decided to rebuilt it in stone.  The new building was erected between 1523 and 1664, although the changes made in the 18th centuries are the ones that can be still be appreciated on the ruins.

In the 19th century, during the Battle of Palo Hincado, part of the vault was cut and a cannon was placed in it, but the whole thing collapsed at the second shoot.  Later on, during the domination from the Haitians, they took away the stones and various architectonic details, thus damaging severely the monastery.   

Due to the abandonment of the construction, the vaults fell down, but nowadays it can still be seen the place where the chapel of the Third Order, the convent and the church were established.  Despite this, the place of the ruins is being used for social and cultural events, and it is protected by the National Standing Committee of Ephemeris Homelands of the Dominican Republic.  

Near to this place, you’ll be able to visit the Amber World Museum or the Casa Duarte Museum, only a block from there.

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At the corner between Hostos and Emiliano Tejera streets. Colonial City. Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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