One of the Zona Colonial's key landmarks, its architect inspired by Seville's cathedral.
The first cathedral in the Americas
Located in the heart of the Dominican Republic, one of Santo Domingo’s most important symbols may be called the Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Incarnation, but it’s more widely known as La Catedral Primada - America’s first cathedral. This majestic structure was built during the 16th century, the key initial period of Spanish colonisation in which most of the city’s key landmarks were constructed, its architect Alonso González, taking inspiration from the famous cathedral of Seville; the structure, however, does not greatly resemble others of the same era in the Zona Colonial - possibly due to interior and exterior damage from when the city was invaded by Francis Drake, as well as various restorations over the course of centuries.
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