Casa de las Academias/ House of the Academies or Casa de Lilís
Casa de las Academias is known as the Seat of the Academies of History, Language and Sciences/ Sede de las Academias de Historia, de la Lengua y de la Ciencias.
The Dominican Academy of Language was founded October 12, 1927 to ensure the functions of language development. The Dominican Academy of History dedicated to the area of history was founded 23 July 1931 to provide research and studies of Dominican history, search, sort and classify data and documents and to provide information and documentation to people who do research on history. The Academy of Sciences of the Dominican Republic was established on December 20, 1974 to promote the development of science in the Dominican Republic.
Casa de Lilís
The house was constructed in 2 different centuries thus the different styles. Originally President Ulises Hereaux (Lilís) occupied the home. It was later remodeled by Manuel Maria Gautier. He had a balcony and the iron railings added to the design in the French tradition. This beautiful building has also been the home of Receptoria de Aduana/ Customs Receiving, Banco Central/ Central Bank, Logia Masónic/ Masonic Lodge among others.
Directions: Calle Las Mercedes #204, Zona Colonial.
Colegio de Gorjón, home of Centro Cultural de España
Colegio de Gorjón/ College or School of Gorjón was a vision of rich landowner and sugar tycoon Hernando de Gorjón. The building was later restored and now is the home of Centro Cultural de España/ Cultural Center of Spain.
Hernando de Gorjón
Hernando de Gorjón came to the island in 1502 on the same expedition that brought Fray Governor Nicholas de Ovando and the Licenciado/ Lawyer Bartolomé de las Casas. Since he did not have any heirs Gorjón decided to build a college for the study of sciences. Sadly, he never got to see his dream completed. The building was finished in 1550, after his death.
University of Santiago De La Paz
In 1583 it was named part of the University of Santiago De La Paz. The university was finally confirmed by Cédula Real in 1741 when Fernando VI gave it recognition as the Universidad de Santo Domingo.
Centro Cultural de España/ Cultural Center of Spain
The Colegio de Gorjón was restored beautifully in the 1970’s by the Comisión de Monumentos de Santo Domingo/ Monument Commission. At this time it was decided to make the building return to its original use and become a center for learning and culture. In 1990 the location was the Centro Cultural Hispánico. Since 1998 to present day The Colegio de Gorjón is the home of the Centro Cultural de España/ Cultural Center of Spain (CCEDS http://www.ccesd.org). It is an institution integrated into the worldwide network of cultural centers of the Spanish Agency of Cooperation the International, AECI.
Many architectural interests of great historic value can be seen throughout the Colegio de Gorjón starting with the main entrance and windows.
The outside of the building can be very deceiving as it looks so plain and simple. Once you enter the front doors the interior is quite large.
Entering the building there is a stone vestibule that represents the Elizabethan period in the New World. It is decorated with several restored shields of arms that were destroyed during the Haitian invasion.
The main room was originally a chapel. Today it is the exhibition hall named in honor of painter and sculptor Antonio Prats Ventós. The Spanish patio is now the place where many outdoor concerts and exhibitions are held. The patio is surrounded by splendid columns and holds about 200 people.
Many of the old classrooms from the original school are now exhibition halls including Sala Maria Ugarte and the Sala Fotográfica. On the second floor is a library, smaller rooms and offices.
Calle Arz. Meriño between Calle Jose Gabriel Garcia and Arz. Portes.
(formally known as Hostal – Aparthotel Condo Parque & Venus Cafe Bar)
The Apartment – Hotel – Hostal Condo Parque has it all
; affordability, location, comfort, cleanliness, service and attentive staff. It is an excellent value in a clean and safe environment. Aparthotel Condo Parque is a wonderful budget hotel and is one of the best options for a short or long term stay in the oldest city in the Americas, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
There are 14 apartments and studios with daily cleaning. The large roof-top penthouse is perfect for a long term stay. We also have backpackers’ rooms available for both male and female. All of our rooms are comfortable, secure and are cleaned daily. You have the Malecon (the sea side road), Calle el Conde, shopping, restaurants, buses and all the museums and sights of the Colonial City, all within a few blocks of the front door.
Located in the lobby is Venus Bar and Cafeteria. Here you can enjoy a cold or hot drink, breakfast, local homemade dishes and pleasant conversation. Here you can chat and share your adventures or get some sightseeing information. If you choose you can sit quietly and unwind in the peaceful atmosphere near the small garden pool. You can lounge in the bar or relax in the Spanish-style courtyard and enjoy the fresh open space. There is free WiFi available in the Patio and Cafeteria.
Our amenities include:
*Breakfast is included
*Cable TV with international programming
*Free WiFi in the Bar and Patio
*Private Bathrooms with a shower and warm water
*Air Conditioning and/ or ceiling fan
*Studios have a kitchenette with refrigerator
*Luggage and bicycle storage
Other pluses include:
*Bar and Cafeteria on location
*Bus station to Boca Chica Beach and other attractions is nearby.
*Backpackers are welcome.
*A typical Spanish interior courtyard for relaxing
*Roof -top terrace with a stunning view of Santo Domingo and the Caribbean Sea
*Languages spoken – English, Spanish, French and German
Hostal Condo Parque & Venus Cafe Bar
Calle Palo Hincado #165, Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, República Dominicana
Owner – Walter Rufenacht
All You Want To Know About The Oldest City In The Americas
I see you are using an ad blocker.
My web site and blogs are privately run. I am not part of any company or government site. I pay for everything on my own so I can share information about Dominican Republic that can be helpful and fun. I am sharing with everyone the information I learned for your benefit and to try and help you enjoy this beautiful Caribbean country.
Please support this website by adding my site to your whitelist in your ad blocker. Visit and support my advertisers. Revenue from Ads are what pay my bills, server fees and keep this web site on line.
If you want to continu to block ads then please consider making a donation to firstname.lastname@example.org via PayPal.
Thank you much! Muchas gracias