If you are a fan of gargoyles, then this façade might catch your fleeting fancy. This was the home of Don José Fernández when it was built in the early 16th century. But a late 19th century event is what makes Casa de las Gárgolas special. This is where the national anthem of the Dominican Republic was created. The lyrics were written by Emilio Prud’Homme and the music was composed by José Rufino Reyes Siancas. The piece was first performed on August 17, 1883. Over a half century would pass before the song was officially adopted in 1934.