Extraordinary Architecture in the Dominican Republic

The arrival of Christopher Columbus to the Dominican Republic in 1492 heralded a new era in the development of this enchanting destination and its architecture. Previously inhabited by the Taino nation, the rise of the Spanish signalled their demise and new styles in building. In the northeast of the island, then known as Hispaniola, the settlement of La Isabela was founded in 1493 and you can still see its remains today.

Anywhere you travel in this destination you’ll see examples of some extraordinary architecture. Beautiful buildings don’t have to be listed in guide books to make their stamp on the landscape, and some of the most interesting buildings that you’ll spot will be the charming beach houses scattered throughout the Dominican Republic. However, here are some of the better known buildings you might like to visit.

A UNESCO glory

In 1496, the current capital of San Domingo was built.

Architectural replicas in La Romana

Just outside the popular holiday destination of La Romana lies an extraordinary architectural replica. Based on a European 16th-century village, Altos de Chavon has its own amphitheatre, and all the buildings are faithfully reproduced from European originals. The 5000-seater amphitheatre is based on a classical model and is used today for concerts and performances from international stars.

It's not an illusion

You may be forgiven for thinking that you’re seeing double if you visit the the small town of Montecristi in the northwest tip of the country. The town’s clock tower was designed by the same engineer as the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the similarities are startlingly obvious. The Montecristi tower was shipped from France to the Dominican Republic in the 19th century.