Casa de los Gargolas

Casa de las Gárgolas

Casa de las Gárgolas/ House of the Gargoyles and The Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo

Nestled between the home of Juan Viloria and the Casa de los Jesuitas is the original residence of Don José Fernández. Built in the early sixteenth century, it is one of the oldest homes in the Colonial City.

The gargoyles atop the house of gargoyles.

The house later became home to a group called Compañía de Jesús. Through this houses existence it has housed various councils, the Haitian Occupation and more. It was also the home where poet Emilio Prud’Homme and musician José Reyes collaborated to commemorate the Restauración in 1897.

The Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo

The building is now called the Casa de las Gárgolas (House of the Gargoyles), named for the six gargoyles that decorate the facade of the building. These mythological animals, it was believed, chased away evil spirits and protected the inhabitants. These gargoyles not only protect, they are water drainage devices that are thought to have come from the original Cathedral de Santa María.

The Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo. Himno Nacional written here.
The Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo. Himno Nacional written here.

The Casa de las Gárgolas

is the home of The Fundación Dominicana de Desarrollo (Dominican Development Foundation). The song that was to become the Himno Nacional of Republica Dominicana (National Hymn of Dominican Republic) was written here August 17, 1883.

Casa de los Gargolas on Calle Mercedes
Casa de los Gargolas on Calle Mercedes

Location:

Calle Las Mercedes between Calle las Damas and Isabel la Catolica.

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