Fortaleza Ozama, Santo Domingo

#6 of 36 in Historic Sites in Santo Domingo
Historic Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Visit Fortaleza Ozama, the oldest colonial fort in the New World. Dating back to 1502, the stone fortress protected Santo Domingo for centuries, and later served as a prison. View the powder house, the old cannons, and the ruins of the 18th-century living quarters. Climb to the top of the oldest building on site, the "Tower of Homage," for a panoramic view of the city and its surroundings. Consider hiring one of the several guides outside the complex for a short tour of the grounds. Use our Santo Domingo online trip itinerary builder to arrange your visit to Fortaleza Ozama and other attractions in Santo Domingo.
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  • Fray Nicolás de Ovando y Cáceres, the third General Governor of Santo Domingo, commissioned the construction of the "Fortaleza Ozama" in 1502. He personally chose its location on the banks of "Río...  more »
  • The Ozama Fortress is a must see when visiting Santo Domingo. A self guided tour is best here as you can view all attractions in 30 minutes. The first attraction is the Gate of Charles III which was.....  more »
  • Very interesting, I love history. STAY AWAY FROM TOUR GUIDES AT GATE. There are signs everywhere in Spanish and English that tell you want everything is. Plus figuring things out for yourself is always fun. Its 100 pesos to get in and the so called guides want $40 US dollars. I've been 4 times and learned about everything without there help, but their are employees walking around you can always ask questions for FREE
  • Nice monument but the grounds need better landscaping and more could be done in the area of tour guides . Still, it is a place to see.

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