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Catedral Primada de America, Dominican Republic

Built between 1512 and 1540, the Catedral Primada de America still serves as a venue for official ceremonies and religious celebrations. This cathedral was commissioned by Pope Julius II, and its construction began in 1512 under the supervision of Bishop Fray García Padilla, with numerous architects working on it until its completion in 1540.

In 1586, during the invasion by Drake, this cathedral was used as his headquarters and everything that was of any value was stolen before he and his buccaneers left. Today, the cathedral is open to the public from 8 am to 5 pm, and admission includes a handy audio guide as you walk around.

The ornate, vaulted Gothic ceiling, the 14 interior chapels adorned with different saints, biblical oil paintings and colonial artefacts all make for an interesting tour. As this is a religious building, custom dictates that women must cover their shoulders and knees and men must remove their hats.