Altar of the Homeland
Learn about Dominican independence at one of the country's most hallowed civic memorials.
A solemn monument to the DR's top three independence heroes.
Juan Pablo Duarte, Francisco del Rosario Sánchez and Matías Ramón Mella are considered the three fathers of the country, venerated by Dominicans because of their key role in winning independence from Spain. Their remains are interred here in this majestic edifice, the Altar de la Patria, on Plaza de la Independencia, where national independence was proclaimed on 22 February 1844. Its three enormous marble structures symbolize the Holy Trinity and “La Trinitaria”, the latter both a name for these three distinguished patriots and a pro-independence secret society they formed. Within you may visit their tombs and displays of artifacts relating to this period in history.