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Adding authenticity to the entire fantasy is the charming St. Stanislaus Church (Iglesia San Estanislao de Cracovia in Spanish) with its plaza and sparkling fountain that is a popular wedding venue. The Church of St Stanislaus was named after the patron saint of Poland in tribute to Pope John Paul II, who visited Santo Domingo in 1979 and left some of the saint's ashes behind. It was in this church that Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou married Venezuelan heiress Maria Margarita de Vargas y Santaella and Michael Jackson.
A Roman-styled 5,000-seat amphitheater hosts 20th century musical acts�The Pet Shop Boys, Frank Sinatra, and Julio Iglesias to name a few�while Genesis nightclub provides a popular dance venue for guests from the Casa de Campo resort nearby. Visitors shouldn�t miss the Regional Museum of Archaeology (El Museo Arqueologico Regional), an astonishing collection of pre-Columbian Indian artifacts unearthed in the surrounding area. Altos de Chavon overlooks Rio Chavon and the Dye Fore golf course of Casa de Campo; both built by former Gulf+Western chairman Charles Bluhdorn. There are rumorss that Apocalypse Now was filmed on the Rio Chavon, although the movie was actually filmed in the Philippines.
November 19th, 2015
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