Santiago de Los Cabelleros Tourist Attractions
Colonial buildings with wrought-iron details and colorful Victorian homes with gingerbread trim line the streets of this commercial hub of close to one million inhabitants.The Dominican Republic's second largest city officially goes by the name of Santiago de los Caballeros (Santiago of the Gentlemen) and dates from the 16th C. Santiago boasts one of the finest universities in the country, the Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra and its factories manufacture rum and cigars.Santiago is the birthplace of the Merengue, the Dominican Republic's national rhythm plus a great number of Dominican presidents.
Santiago - Duarte Park
In Parque Duarte at Santiago's center is an elegant Victorian-style pavilion and a monument to the Heroes of the Restoration. Horse-drawn carriages wait by the park to tour the city.
Cathedral of Santiago Apostol
The 19th C Catedral de Santiago Apostol has neoclassical features and beautiful stained glass windows. It contains the tombs of dictator Ulysses Heureaux and several Restoration heroes.
The Santiago Museum displays an interesting compilation of historical documents, artifacts and exhibits illustrating Santiago's history.It is housed in the striking 19th C Palacio Consistorial, once the city hall.
Santiago - Monument to the Heroes of the Restoration
Visible throughout Santiago, the 67m/220ft high El Monumento de los Héroes de la Restauración de la República commemorating the Restoration War.There is an excellent view of Santiago from its top.The marble building was erected in the 1940s as a monument to the dictator Trujillo; it has since been dedicated to the Heroes of the Restoration.
Santiago - Tomas Morel Museum of Folkloric Art
Tomas Morel Museum of Folkloric Art in Santiago houses a fine collection of popular arts and crafts by Dominican artists as well as a colorful collection of Santiago's famous carnival masks.
Santiago - E Leon Jimenez Tobacco Company
At the E. Leon Jimenez Tobacco Company the art and skill of cigar making can be observed.
Santiago - Calle de Sol
Calle del Sol, Santiago's lively main street is a pleasant shopping district.