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Casa de los Jesuitas

Casa de los Jesuitas / House of the Jesuites

home of Sede del Centro de Altos Estudios Humanísticos y del Idioma Español / Headquarters Center for Advanced Humanistic Studies and Spanish Language.

La Casa de los Jesuitas on Calle las Damas
La Casa de los Jesuitas on Calle las Damas

The stone and brick house, Casa de los Jesuitas, is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Governor Fray Nicolás de Ovando ordered the Jesuits to build this house in the early 16th century.

La Casa de los Jesuitas on the corners of Calle las Damas and Las Mercedes
La Casa de los Jesuitas on the corners of Calle las Damas and Las Mercedes

In 1701 ordered to be used as a university. The building was finally completed in 1747.

La Casa de los Jesuitas gargoyle.
La Casa de los Jesuitas gargoyle.

Twenty years later the Jesuits were banned from the Dominican Republic so the building was given to the state. It became the home of the Colegio Santiago de la Paz y Gorjón 1767.

La Casa de los Jesuitas
La Casa de los Jesuitas
Casa de los Jesuitas plaque on wall
Casa de los Jesuitas plaque on wall

Location: The corner of Calle Las Damas and Calle Las Mercedes across from Casa Reales.

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.

Casa de Juan Viloria

Casa de Juan Viloria

Don Juan Viloria build his beautiful home around 1520. The house was painstakingly restored in 1977. The striking Arab styled interior patio and gallery are very unique. The patio is surrounded by impressive stone arches.

Casa de Juan Viloria
Casa de Juan Viloria

Don Juan Viloria

was an important person in the original colony. He originally lived in La Vega where he was Marshall. Viloria was Governor executor of possessions for Diego Columbus. The family Colón trusted Juan completely.

Viloria was the only person permitted to serve the people of royalty. He was considered to be the Copero de los Reyes Católicos (Butler of the Catholic Monarchs).

Calle las Mercedes
Calle las Mercedes

Location: Calle Mercedes #4 between Calle las Damas and Isabel la Católica. It is next to the Casa de Gárgolas.