Real Estate In Dominican Republic Is Steeped in History
By Charles Edwards
Spain's rich cultural heritage has provided a lasting positive influence on the architecture and real estate of the Dominican Republic. There are a variety of historical and cultural sites all over the country that add value to any condominium purchase.
The First Cathedral of America is its foremost attraction. Construction was finished about 150 years after the arrival of Christopher Columbus on the island, and this cathedral contains Gothic and Renaissance influences, a stunning rarity in this part of the world, including the mainland of North America. As an added bonus, visitors to the cathedral can see the site of Columbus' first burial place (until he was moved several years later).
A pleasant open space in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, the Culture Plaza offers an abundance of museums and art galleries, more than anywhere else in the Caribbean. An added enhancement to this cultural bonanza is the old world charm of the area - it's like going to a Europe with white sand beaches just an hour away from the North American mainland.
Puerto Plata's Amber Museum showcases the national stone of the Dominican Republic. A treasure trove of amber is housed in a building built by the wealthy merchant Bentz family, who arrived penniless in the Dominican Republic one hundred years ago, and slowly but steadily built up their wealth.
Puerto Plata is also the site of the most thrilling view in the entire Caribbean. Mount Isabel de Torres can be reached by cable car from Puerto Plata below. The summit is home to a large statue of Christ, as well as stunning views of the city and the surrounding azure Caribbean.
Altos de Chavon, established by a Hollywood refugee named Charls Bluhdom in the 1980s is an unusual and eccentric recreation of Spanish villages, and is one of the more enjoyable and intriguing sites to see in the Domincan Republic.
Charles Edwards writes about Dominican Republic condos and real estate in Dominican Republic.
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