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What to see in Santiago de los Caballeros

Santiago de los Caballeros is a forgotten city in the Dominican Republic by tourists, as it is far from the beaches of Punta Cana or the La Romana area. And although at first glance it may not have as much charm as Colonial Santo Domingo, it has several interesting places to visit. But if you are thinking of doing an itinerary through the Dominican Republic, it is a city that you cannot miss.

In this post I tell you what to see in Santiago de los Caballeros, what to do and I add a map with accommodation offers.

Santiago de los Caballeros

Santiago de los Caballeros is considered the second most important city in the country, due to the large industries of tobacco, textiles, cement, shoes, rum, among others. In addition, Santiago has an international airport, with which there is the possibility of reaching this city from your destination.

This city is witness to several historical events, including the Battle of March 30, 1844, where the Dominicans strengthened their independence. This battle took place in what is now Imbert Park.


The monument to the heroes of the Restoration

This admirable work that represents the people of Santiago, is located on the Cerro del Castillo, a place chosen by the Dominicans during the restoration war that took place in 1863.

The monument has many elements to know the facts of the Restoration, in addition to the different squares that it has around it, among them, the squares of the newspaper La Información, Santiago traditions, Águilas Cibaeñas, the famous cars, among other elements that decorate the area. .

When going up to the monument, its history can be seen on the first level through the civilians of the Restoration War; In the three remaining levels there are elements alluding to the Restoration, the Santiago carnival, murals by different painters, and a panoramic view of the city of Santiago that can be seen from the fifth floor. You cannot get to this city and not visit this monument.

Santiago de los Caballeros

The Town Hall, the Recreation Center and the House of Culture

These three structures are located in front of the central park, from where you can start touring the center of the city. It could be considered the "old town".

The Town Hall was founded between October 1894 and November 1896 by the engineer Leuniso Luis Liberto Bogaert. In this building there is a museum with the different costumes of the Santiago carnival, whose colors attract the visitor when they arrive at that historic destination, located on Benito Monción street and the corner of Calle Del Sol, and this building serves as the headquarters of the regional office of the Ministry of Culture.

Next to the Town Hall is the Recreation Center, a structure founded on August 16, 1894. This place was the center of social life for the upper class. Its construction was carried out by the architect Pedro de Castro and its inauguration was in the year 1930.

The Great Cibao Theater

This theater was built in 1992 and its design is a replica of the National Theater of Santo Domingo.

Stadium and the Grand Arena

The Estadio de las Águilas Cibaeñas and the Gran Arena, two very important structures for sports in the province.

The Eduardo Leon Jimenes Cultural Center

This center was inaugurated on October 3, 2003, and is a project created by the Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation to house the works of art that have been awarded since 1964, with the first Art Contest. It is a very interesting small art gallery that I recommend you visit. It currently has 40 collections on visual arts, archaeology, ethnography, Dominican folklore, Dominican popular culture, Dominican photography, bibliography, cartography, documentary, and multimedia.

Santiago Apostle Cathedral

This cathedral is a true beauty in its eclectic style that follows the Roman or Latin rite. Initially it began as a parish temple that in 1862 was destroyed by an earthquake and between 1868 and 1894 the new structure was reconstructed and consecrated in 1895.

Santiago de los Caballeros


If you are thinking of making an itinerary, this city is a good accommodation option. You can search for accommodation offers on the following map. We did not finally stay in Santiago de los Caballeros, so I cannot recommend any specific accommodation.


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