The Dominican Republic’s Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of Altagracia, known locally as the “Basilica of Higuey,” has been included on the list of the world’s 50 most extraordinary churches.
This architectural wonder, designed by French architects André-Jacques Dunoyer de Segonzac and Pierre Dupré, is situated in the country’s easternmost region, a short drive from Punta Cana.
The list includes the world’s most amazing, ancient and modern places of worship.
The DGS Company, responsible for putting together the list, said that it chose places of worship that went “beyond the symbolic and religious aspects, churches that were built over the centuries and that have become true architectural monuments.”
The Basilica is the most visited Catholic church in the Caribbean, and it is a local place of pilgrimage for the devotees of the Virgin of Altagracia, the protector of all Dominicans.
The architectural marvel was built by the French architect André-Jacques Dunoyer de Segonzac and Pierre Dupré in the late 1940’s.
The Church accommodates some three thousand worshippers. The Basilica and surrounding grounds cover approximately 40,000 square meters.