Altos de Chavón is one of the most recommended destinations to visit during your stay at the Boca Beach Residence Hotel. It is just an hour’s drive from Boca Chica, in the territory called La Romana.
The village was built in 1976, but its unique architecture, inspired by the Mediterranean villages of the sixteenth century, make it a cultural town of undoubted charm.
The heart of the village is the Altos de Chavón Cultural Foundation.
There is much to visit:
- the Borgo with its Shops and Restaurants;
- the Amphitheatre;
- the Regional Archaeological Museum;
- The Church of San Stanislao;
- The School of Design.
Altos de Chavón
Altos de Chavón is a place like no other: a replica of a 16th century Mediterranean village in the heart of the Dominican countryside.
Carefully designed by the Dominican architect, Jose Antonio Caro, and by the master designer and director of Italian photography, Roberto Coppa, every detail has been handmade by local artisans.
The village is a cultural center for residents, tourists and artists working from all over the world. Active studios for artists of all means, from ceramics to weaving, to screen printing and everything else, flank the cobblestone streets next to shops and boutiques that show their unique creations.
The Art Gallery presents works by well-known Dominican artists, as well as artists from around the world who help promote a dialogue of creativity and cultural exchange.
It is also home to the renowned Altos de Chavón School of Design, which is affiliated with the Parsons School of Design in New York.
Other sites include an archaeological museum, which offers a glimpse into the fascinating history of the area, the Church of San Stanislao, a 5,000-seat amphitheater and sweeping views of the Chavón River and the Caribbean Sea.
ALTOS DE CHAVÓN AMPHITHEATRE
In the center of the historic village there is the beautiful amphitheater in Greek style from 5.000 places.
This architectural wonder has been the setting for countless concerts, events and shows since its inauguration in 1982 no less than the late Frank Sinatra for the special live HBO, “The Concert of the Hemispheres”.
Other notable artists who have honored the stage include Sting, Elton John, Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Alejandro Fernández, Marc Anthony, Spyro Gyra, Michel Camilo, Juan Luis Guerra, Air Supply, Julio Iglesias, Placido Domingo and many others.
REGIONAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM
History lovers and curious people will find much to see at the Regional Archaeological Museum .
Located in the heart of Altos de Chavón, the museum presents an extraordinary collection of indigenous objects that help to tell the story of the first history of the Dominican Republic.
The museum contains more than 3,000 pieces, some of which have been exhibited in international exhibitions in places such as the Barrio Museum in New York, the Petite Palais in Paris and as part of the exhibition Quincentenary of the Discovery of America in Seville, Spain.
CHURCH OF ST STANISLAO
The church of San Stanislao, consecrated in 1979, is a charming stone building in the center of the village of Altos de Chavón.
Pope John Paul II gave her the ashes of the patron saint of Poland, Saint Stanislaus, to commemorate the inauguration of the church.
Weekly Catholic Masses are held in the Church and it is a popular destination for weddings.
RESTAURANTS E BARS
From a mid-afternoon snack to a multi-course gourmet dinner, there are plenty of venues to choose from.
Once the sun sets, many bars and restaurants offer live music and late night entertainment.
The bohemian atmosphere of this incredible village is captivating, at any time of the day!
DESIGN SCHOOL IN ALTOS DE CHAVÓN
The Altos de Chavón School of Design is a center for art and design in the Dominican Republic.
Founded in 1983, the school attracted the best artists not only from all over the island, but from all over the world.
The school has a multicultural approach to art and design education. Students are encouraged to compete in international design circles, even after graduating.
Associated with Parson – New School for Design in New York City, the vigorous art and design program leads to an Associate’s degree in Applied Science (AAS) in one of three concentrations:
- fashion design;
- communication design;
- fine arts / illustration.
Since the school opened, over 10,000 students from 35 different countries have passed through these classrooms.
Today, the village of Altos de Chavón is a thriving center for artists from all over the world thanks largely to the high level of programs offered by the design school.
More information about Altos de Chavon Design School.
Discover the many shops and galleries in Altos de Chavón for unique treasures you won’t find anywhere else.
You’ll find fine jewelry, fashion clothes, cigars, hand-made and embroidered linens and much more.
Find the perfect souvenir to remember your holiday or look for gifts for your friends and family at home.
Local artists and students of the acclaimed School of Design have a lot of items on display and you never know: buying today could be a first job of the next emerging world star of tomorrow’s art!