Colonial City of Santo Domingo

CountryDominican Republic
UNESCO RegionLatin America and the Caribbean
LocationDistrito Nacional
CoordinatesN18 28 60 W69 55 0
Inscription Date1990
Property (ha)106
Type of HeritageCultural
CriteriaTo exhibit an important interchange of human values - over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world - on developments in architecture or technology; monumental arts; town-planning or landscape design
CriteriaTo be an outstanding example of a type of building; architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history
CriteriaTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions; with ideas; or with beliefs; with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance
All ThreatsHousing
All ThreatsImpacts of tourism / visitor / recreation
All ThreatsManagement systems/ management plan
All ThreatsLegal framework
All ThreatsStorms
All ThreatsInterpretative and visitation facilities
All ThreatsEarthquake
All ThreatsMajor visitor accommodation and associated infrastructure
All ThreatsLand conversion
All ThreatsSociety's valuing of heritage
All ThreatsHuman resources
All ThreatsManagement activities
All ThreatsAir pollution
All ThreatsSolid waste
All ThreatsHigh impact research / monitoring activities
Unesco Reference Number526
State of Conservation Report
DescriptionAfter Christopher Columbus's arrival on the island in 1492, Santo Domingo became the site of the first cathedral, hospital, customs house and university in the Americas. This colonial town, founded in 1498, was laid out on a grid pattern that became the model for almost all town planners in the New World.
StatusWorld Heritage Site