Altos de Chavón Village
Altos de Chavón has become a well known art destination all around
the world due to the artistic creativity, art promotion and professional formation that take
place in this place. It’s a fascinating cultural spot that will allow you to enjoy the
island's finest tradition on crafts and art.
Altos de Chavón is a small village devoted to the arts in the
province of La Romana, in the southeast of the Dominican Republic. It is set upon a
spectacular hillside cliff overlooking the Chavón River and its construction started
in 1976 when the construction of a nearby road and bridge crossing the Chavón River
had to be blasted through a mountain of stone. Charles Bluhdorn, an American entrepreneur,
had the idea of using the stones to build a sixteenth century Mediterranean village. The
original plans for the village were drawn up by the Dominican architect José Antonio
Caro, while the Italian designer Roberto Coppa carried out the design. The collaboration of
a great number of Dominican artisans played an important role in the construction. Dominican
stonecutters, woodworkers, and iron-smiths combined their crafts to create the rich
architectural landscape that would emerge as Altos de Chavón. The construction was
completed in the early 1980s.
Nowadays Altos de Chavón, one of those must-visit
locations for visitors of La Romana All Inclusive Resorts, has craft
workshops, artists’ studios, galleries, shops and restaurants that are set up in coral
block and terracotta buildings. Since the 1980´s Altos de
Chavón has been home to craft workshops in which artisans sculpt
ceramics, hand loom weavings and create silkscreen prints under the direction of the
prestigious artist Emilio Robba. In narrow cobblestone alleyways there are picturesque shops
where you can find the diverse craftwork of local artisans, and three galleries exhibiting
the talents of students from the world recognized School of Design.
In the central plaza of the village stands the Church of St. Stanislaus, consecrated in 1979
by Pope John Paul II, which is a popular wedding venue.
Altos de Chavón is also home to a Roman-styled 5,000 seat open-air
amphitheater that has hosted concerts, symphonies, theatrical events, and festivals
featuring such renowned artists as Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Sergio Mendes, Dizzy
Gillespie, Air Supply, Andrea Bocelli, and the Dance Theatre of Harlem among others.
Worth seeing the Archaeological Museum with a collection of indigenous objects, more than
3,000 pieces found in the region. These rituals and utilitarian objects demonstrate the
cultural evolution of the island’s indigenous societies.
The Gallery of Altos de Chavón is dedicated to the promotion of
national culture through the exhibition of Dominican art. Painters, designers, writers and
musicians have come to Altos de Chavón to create, learn and teach.
It is also a vital place for art and design students as The Gallery is frequented by
high-level international exhibitors. The exhibitions at The Gallery include different
artistic manifestations such as painting, photography, drawing, crafts and sculpture.
The Altos de Chavón School of Design offers a multicultural approach
to art and design education with two years of intensive professional training. It also
encourages graduates to participate in international design events and widen their education
in the fine and applied art. The language of instruction is Spanish although English is
taught as a second language.
Although Altos de Chavón is a place for cultural interchange and
professional development and creativity in the field of art and craft, it is also an
attractive tourist destination as it is located just nearby Casa de Campo,
one of the Caribbean's most complete all-inclusive resorts.
You can find outstanding entertainment options in the place. Design by Peter Dye, Dye Fore is
a magnificent golf course with seven cliff-side holes. Altos de Chavón has become an
attractive spot for late evening entertainment options at Casa de Campo Resort Complex: the
Amber and Larimar Museum, hand-crafted goods for sale at Batey´s, fine jewellery at Everett,
nice restaurants such as La Piazzolla and GinoTrastevere that serve Italian food, Le
Boulanger specialized in desserts, coffee and sandwiches, or Dye Fore Bar, the ideal place
for a cold beer or a cocktail.
In Altos de Chavón you will have an All-Inclusive cultural vacation,
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