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Santiago Quiet and calm, Santiago city is located in the Dominican Republic. This is the second capital of the country. Here visitors can relax from the bustle and noise of big cities, enjoy that calm feeling that only nature can bring and the atmosphere of solitude.
The city of Knights, Santiago, was founded by Bartolomeo Columbus in 1494. He appeared in these lands together with 30 Knights of the Holy Santiago Order. The city is also famous for producing high quality tobacco, good coffee, national rum and the birth of the famous dance of the Dominican Republic called "merengue". Besides the fact that Santiago is a well-developed industrial region, you will find here a large number of parks, gardens, beautiful green areas with lush vegetation, as well as numerous historic attractions.
The main historical monument is the monument dedicated to the Heroes of the Republic Renaissance, the lower hall of which is decorated by the artist Vela Zanetti. The upper hall of the museum has been turned into a viewing platform with stunning views of the valley and a panoramic view of the nearby mountains. Other attractions include several museums, ancient buildings, and the annual carnival that takes place each February. The local craftsmen develop amazing carnival masks and submit them to the competition for the holiday. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Eduard Leon Jimenez cultural center runs in the city. This museum is considered one of the largest and multidirectional. Visitors can appreciate its collection of unique anthropological artifacts discovered in various parts of the Dominican Republic. The age of some archaeological finds is more than 5000 years. Besides, the museum has a great collection of works of art and ethnographic exhibits.
Santiago La Habanera Tabacalera old cigar factory is a no less interesting sight. It has been operating steadily for over a century. It'll be of interest even to those who are not attracted to tobacco. They hold really exciting excursions there. Visitors can watch the process of cigar production. There is also an excellent specialized store on the territory of the factory.
The Museum of Folk Art of Thomas Morel is worth a visit, as well. It presents a collection of exhibits relating to colonial times. One of the most valuable is a collection of carnival masks. Yet, they've carefully preserved household items and even homes of the first Spanish settlers. A significant part of the museum's exposition is dedicated to the culture and traditions of the indigenous inhabitants of the Dominican Republic.
Beautiful Duarte Park is a special sightseeing facility. You can take a walk or take a horse-drawn carriage through the park. This ancient place is famous for its natural beauty. It is ideal for relaxing in private surroundings. They often hold leisure activities there.
Nearby, is the Apostle Santiago Cathedral, built in the 19th century. Many unique finishing elements survived in the cathedral. Visitors can admire skillful ornaments in mahogany, incredibly beautiful stained-glass windows, and fine carving. The cathedral and the park are of great importance to the local residents. They often come here to have rest from the city fuss. In the southern part of the park is located The Tobacco Museum, which will introduce visitors with one of the main national crafts - the cultivation of tobacco plantations and the production of cigars.

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Map of all shopping areas
Shopping streets in Santiago
♥   Shopping area ' La Esmeralda' Santiago de los Caballeros, 2.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Santiago
♥   National Park 'Armando Bermúdez' , 47.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Valle Nuevo' , 67.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'El Morro' , 111.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   National Park 'Sierra de Neyba' , 130.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sightseeing in Dominican Republic: things to see

Aguas Blancas Waterfall and Juan Dolio Beach are usually mentioned in the list of most important nature sights of the country, and Bahoruco coast is famous for its rich deposits of turquoise. It’s possible to find the blue stones during a simple walk on the beach. Locals use turquoise to make interesting souvenirs and amulets. Finally, the villages of Playa Macao and Punta Kana attract visitors with their large coconut palm groves. The groves are hardly penetrable, but sometimes they are crossed by bays and lagoons. … Open
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