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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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Go there on Sunday evening

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 October 2016
Asha_Noyb
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Breda, The Netherlands

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Breda, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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 23 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

As Colon came to this area of the world came with them of course many monks, and this was one of the most important monasterios, also the entrance is free theres no gardians you can walk free and make photos.

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SALT LAKE CITY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

One of the oldest if not the oldest Catholic Church in the Americas, well worth the visit, within a mile radius from this property you will find other historical sites unique to this area and country. Great for history lovers and tourists. Safe to visit and walk around great restaurants nearby.

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Roissy-en-Brie, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016 via mobile

Every Sunday evening, under open skies, against the backdrop of Las Ruinas del Monasterio de San Francisco, the sounds of Merengue, Salsa, Cuban Son and Bachata fill a Caribbean air.

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Thank Ralpholiver11
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

On Sunday nights, though, the starring attraction is most definitely Grupo Bonye. In front of the ruins of San Francisco Monastery, the beloved local band plays a free concert under the stars to end the weekend.Or kick off the work week, depending on your perspective.The band plays from 6-10 p.m., though crowds begin gathering nearer the official start time of... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

This area is fenced off but you can walk around and see the walls, flying buttresses and steps of the old monastery. Perfect for pictures

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