Altos de Chavón is high above the Chavón River, 8 mi. (13 km) e. via Casa de Campo. Built in 1979 to resemble a 16th-century Mediterranean village, this artistic community promotes Dominican and international culture. The self-contained campus is host to many Dominican and international writers, painters, musicians and artisans.
The Altos de Chavón Art Gallery displays monthly exhibits by Dominican and international painters, sculptors and photographers. The Regional Museum of Archeology interprets aboriginal evolution from the first pre-ceramic groups to the highly developed Taíno Indians. The museum's fine collection of some 3,000 Taíno art and artifacts was collected along the banks of the Chavón River.
Chavón Amphitheater, built in the classic Greek tradition, presents performances all year. The 5,000-seat theater was inaugurated by Frank Sinatra in 1982. St. Stanislaus Church was named after Poland's patron saint in honor of Pope John Paul II, who donated the saint's ashes to the community. The church is built entirely of hand-cut stone.
Spanish influences can be seen along the cobblestone streets with their limestone buildings and wrought-iron balconies. Within these buildings are craft workshops, artist studios, ethnic restaurants and fine shops.