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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, enjoy it!

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