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Address: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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The ruins of the first New World monastery lie here, destroyed by two...

The ruins of the first New World monastery lie here, destroyed by two different earthquakes.

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Interesting sight of ruins

Things are falling apart. You can see that there is no money to keep this place together or try to rehabilitate it. It's a bit sad but still interesting. You can see that it once... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Gypsgris
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Poughkeepsie, New York

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Things are falling apart. You can see that there is no money to keep this place together or try to rehabilitate it. It's a bit sad but still interesting. You can see that it once was a huge structure.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There's a huge dance party here with live meringue music every Sunday night from 6 to 10 p.m. The music and dancing spills out onto the surrounding streets and the atmosphere is fun and safe.

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Quiet reflective place to unwind & reflect! Enchanting! Among the mountains, this is a nice change of pace!

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Thank Amigosparasiempre1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Drinking a few beers with the locals in front of these ruins on a Sunday night is the best. Most Sunday nights, there's music and dancing and it's an amazing scene. It's an idyllic location to spend some time.

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I wanted to look up what happened to this place. Bombed? This is really a neat site to roam. See it in a state much like 100's of years ago.

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Thank Keith S
Breda, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

I didn't see much of the ruins as I was more interested in the free concert given by Grupo Bonye. Every Sunday evening, officially from 5pm, but at 6pm, they were still doing the sound check the first Sunday I went. Everybody is enjoying themselves, either dancing on the floor in front of the band or just in front of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

This place is just beautiful with tree growing out of the wall! During sunset is even more beautiful. On Sunday, there is free concert just outside. Down the hill there is a typical sweet store that sell good dulce and homemade cheese! ;)

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

Not too far of a walk from the center of town, this is certainly worth a visit. The most impressive view is probably the one you see when you approach from the main road, but allow yourself a little bit of time to wander around the exterior and look in through the other windows as well. I probably spent about... More 

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Columbia Falls, Montana
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

We walked around this during sunset and it was super beautiful. The gates were locked so we couldn't go inside, but we were able to walk around the entire structure which was cool.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The ruins are great to have a look, quick visit will provide you with a nice overview of what's it about. My main recommendation would be to see if the shows with local bands and merengue/salsa music is on on Sunday night. This was a really awesome experience! Totally recommend! And if you still feel like dancing, just nearby is... More 

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