Altos de Chavon, La Romana

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic

Altos de Chavon, La Romana, Dominican Republic

The village of Altos de Chavon was built in 1976. Charles Bludhorn, president of Golf & Western Corporation, came up with the idea of ​​building this 16th-century Mediterranean village. The Italian Roberto Cup was in charge of realizing the idea of ​​Bludhorn. This villa transports us to Mediterranean Europe with the most spectacular views of the Chavon River and the Caribbean Sea.

Altos de Chavon
Altos de Chavon is located southeast of the Dominican Republic, in La Romana, and only 110 kilometers from the historic city of Santo Domingo. Nestled on the top of a leafy and rocky plateau, the small villa is located within the boundaries of the tourist complex Casa de Campo. Built in 1976, Altos de Chavon is home to the Altos de Chavon Cultural Center Foundation, a non-profit educational and cultural entity. Altos de Chavon has Cultural Museums, Art Gallery, Craft Workshops, Shops, School of Design, Amphitheater, Restaurants, Bars and much more!

The design school of Altos de Chavon is affiliated to the famous Parsons School of Design in New York. The Church of St. Stanislaus is located in the center of the village. Its name is in honor to S.S. John Paul II, because San Estanislao is the patron of Poland, country of origin of the Supreme Pontiff.

In 1976, on a verdant plateau 100 miles east of Santo Domingo--the historic capital of the Dominican Republic--an extraordinary cultural undertaking began to unfold. Dominican stonecutters, woodworkers, and iron-smiths combined their crafts to create the rich architectural landscape that would emerge as Altos de Chavon.

Today this vibrant cultural village perched high above the Chavon River embodies half a millennium of the island's finest tradition of crafts and art. The distant mountains of eastern Hispaniola merge with the sea to create the perfect setting for this celebration of the region's past. Nearby is Casa de Campo, one of the Caribbean's most complete resorts.

A walk down the cobblestone paths of Altos de Chavon reveals, at every turn, architecture reminiscent of another era. Coral block and terra cotta buildings enfold craft workshops, artistsí studios, galleries, shops, and restaurants. Complementing this tranquil evocation of the past is the exuberant artistry of today

The Altos de Chavon craft ateliers are small production centers where trained local artisans execute ceramic, silk-screen, and woven-fiber products. These works are at once respectful of the islandís history yet boldly international in design concept and quality. From the lively clay apothecary jars to the brightly colored tapestries found in traditional Dominican houses, the craft ateliers keep the richness of island myth, folklore, and handcrafted expression very much alive. The posters, note cards, and printed T-shirts produced by the silk-screen workshop are among the most authentic in the Caribbean.

The performing arts are showcased in the village's spectacular 5,000-seat open-air amphitheater. Since its inauguration in 1982 by Frank Sinatra and Carlos Santana, the amphitheater has hosted concerts, symphonies, theatrical events, and festivals featuring such renowned artists as Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Sergio Mendes, Dizzy Gillespie, Air Supply, Pilobulos, and the Dance Theater of Harlem.

The village is a vital source of inspiration, professional training, and artistic expression. Diverse educational and artistic programming, in a breathtaking natural and architectural setting, provides Altos de Chavon with its unique ability to stimulate creativity and cultural interchange.

The Gallery
The Gallery of Altos de Chavon is dedicated to the promotion of national culture through the exhibition of Dominican art. A crucial expository platform for art and design students, the Gallery also serves as host to high-level international exhibitors. Dominican artists who show at the Gallery gain vital access to the large number of worldwide visitors to Altos de Chavon. At the same time, international artists exhibiting at the Gallery are offered entree to the Dominican art community, resulting in a rich dialogue and cross-cultural interchange.

The Design School of Altos de Chavon
The Altos de Chavon School of Design is located in the international art and design community of Altos de Chavon in La Romana, Dominican Republic. The School's multicultural approach to art and design education, encompassing two years of intensive professional training, encourages graduates to compete in international design circles, to broaden their education in the fine and applied arts, and to serve as the creative lifeblood for emerging industry.

The vigorous art and design program leads to the Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in one of four major concentrations: fashion design, graphic design, interior design, and fine arts/illustration. Under a unique controlled-curriculum arrangement with Parsons School of Design, qualified School of Design graduates gain automatic acceptance into the BFA program at Parsons' New York or Paris campus or at participating art and design institutions throughout the United States. The language of instruction is Spanish, with English offering second language support in most courses. The School of Design faculty is supplemented by distinguished academics and international design professionals who serve as lecturers and artists in residence throughout the academic year. The small class size, excellent student/faculty ratio of 10 to 1, and limited population of 100 students provide an intimate opportunity for individualized instruction.

Equipped with an AAS degree, earned in a distinctive cross-cultural and bilingual setting, School of Design graduates emerge with a compelling professional advantage: the ability to pursue baccalaureate or master's degrees in the United States and Europe or to embark on successful art and design careers worldwide.

The visit to Altos de Chavon
Colonial Tour and Travel offers this cultural tour visiting Altos de Chavon whit other attractions like Las Maravillas Caves or Catalina Island Tour
-Transportation in comfortable air conditioned buses from all hotels in the Dominican Republic.
-The visit to Altos de Chavon includes entrance to the Archaeological Museum
-Entrance to Altos de Chavon is also combined with the visit to Cueva de Las Maravillas.
-Accompanying an expert guide
-Taxes included

Time of the Excursion
3 hours from La Romana-Bayahibe on a half-day excursion.
7 Hours from other areas because it is combined with other tours

Important: This excursion is only available in combination with Santo Domingo City Tour and with the Isla Saona tour for hotels outside the areas of Juan Dolio, La Romana and Bayahibe

Altos de Chavon excursion - Pictures

Altos de Chavon river La Romana, Dominican Republic

 Chavon River

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic Chruch Estanislao

Sain Estanislao Church

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic amphitheater

Altos de Chavon Amphitheatre

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic museum Chavon

Museum of Chavon

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic

Concert at Chavon Amphitheater

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic amphitheater

Chavon River

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic people

Chavon Design School

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic

Altos de Chavon

Altos de Chavon La Romana, Dominican Republic

Restaurant at Chavon River


 

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