Alcázar de Colón - Columbus' house, Santo Domingo

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    Columbus' House
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    Alcazar De Colon

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This mansion was the house of the Columbus family in Santo Domingo. It was built by Christoper Coulmbus' son, Diego in 1515. Today, it's a museum furnished with original and period furniture. This is by far the best of Santo Domingo's attractions.

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    Old Town: Alcázar de Colón (Columbus' House)

    by marielexoteria Updated Oct 30, 2007

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    Columbus' House

    House of Diego Columbus (son of Christopher) and family when he became governor of the country. It was built at the beginning of the 16th century, declared "Patrimonio Nacional" in the 1870 and restored in the 1950's after suffering collapses and laying in ruins for years. A Spanish architect did an interpretation of the original castle and later on Spanish pieces were brought to decorate the palace. Today it's one of the most visited places in Santo Domingo.

    Practical info: open Tuesday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sundays 9am-4pm, admission 50DOP.

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    Alcazar Colón

    by mikey_e Written Sep 9, 2007

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    The Alcazar was the house Diego Columbus built for his family between 1511 and 1515. It contains no nails and is in the Gothic style particular to Spanish buildings known as Isabelline. It was built in this area so that it would be close to the Casas Reales (administrative centre) and would be one of the first buildings seen by those entering the port. Unfortunately, the Columbus family left Santo Domingo fro Spain in 1577 and the Alcazar went to ruin until this century, when it was restored as a national monument. Inside the Alcazar is yet another museum chronicling the lives and habits of the aristocracy of colonial Santo Domingo, and visitors can roam the house and even enter the fortified terrace on the second floor. This later addition to the house caused a bit of worry in Spain, where they though Diego might try a secessionist movement from his bunker-cum-homestead.

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    Alcazar de Colon

    by el_ruso Updated Jul 12, 2007

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    This was the palace of Diego Colon (son of Cristoforo), who was the first governor. It is a nice (if rather escetic) building built in 1515 in the late Gothic "Isabelline" style.

    After the family's return to Spain in the end of the XVI century, the building was abandoned and decayed considerably, but in this century it was thoroughly restored and serves as a museum.

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    Alcazar de Colon

    by alfredop Written May 14, 2006

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    The Alcazar was built in 1510 for the Viceroy Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus. Inside is a painting of Christopher Columbus and his son, Diego.

    The Alcazar was restored in 1957. Furniture has been brought from Spain since then to decorate the palace as it would have been originally.

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    Alcazar de Colon

    by ChristinaNest Written Feb 20, 2006

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    This beautiful palace was built in 1514 and renovated in 1957. It's a museum nowadays and for a small fee you can see its magnificient interior. A visit to the capital would not be complete without this place.

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  • going back in time

    by barbershop Written Nov 6, 2005

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    The Alcazar De Colon is a must see for history buffs. A fortress in awsome condition still . The Spanish sure knew how to live and build. One observation was that furniture was very small
    indicating that they were't of great physical stature. The artwork , brickwork , carvings , furniture.
    Looking out at the water you can't help placing yourself as a spanard defending against enemies
    from a high position with canon at the ready. See all the pics.

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  • going back in time

    by barbershop Written Nov 6, 2005

    The Alcazar De Colon is a must see for history buffs. A fortress in awsome condition still . The Spanish sure knew how to live and build. One observation was that furniture was very small
    indicating that they were't of great physical stature. The artwork , brickwork , carvings , furniture.
    Looking out at the water you can't help placing yourself as a spanard defending against enemies
    from a high position with canon at the ready. See all the pics.

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    Diego Colombus Colonial Complex

    by xty Written Mar 9, 2005
    at Santo Domingo colonial complex

    Located near Santo Domingo seaport, it's a complex with Spanish colonial age buildings and castle (complete with old rusty canons).

    Once Diego Colombus' (brother of Christopher Colombus) house, is now become a museum with colections of pictures, furnitures, etc.

    Nearby you can find also big plaza with statues, old church, and some stores selling famous Dominican/Cuban tobaccos.

    Great views from the top of the castle to the port and the sea.

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    Alcazar de Colon

    by Patricialuv Updated Apr 12, 2003

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    Alcazar de Colon

    This is the Alcazar de Colon, where Christopher Columbus' family lived in. It is located next to the Rio Ozama, in the avenida del Puerto. It is still in great condition.

    You are welcome to view it anytime, but if you would like to get inside, you have to be there before 5 p.m. and pay a small fee. Inside are many treasures, furniture and objects that belonged to Columbus' family.

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    Alcàzar de Colòn

    by Joan58 Updated Feb 4, 2003

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    Alc��zar de Col��n

    This building was the house of Diego Columbus, Christopher's son and viceroy of the Island Hispaniola. It was built in 1510. Today you can visit it and admire the ancient Spanish furnishings.
    Open daily 9am-5pm.

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  • CASA DE COLON

    by jlvillalba Written Aug 6, 2005

    THE BARTOLOME COLON HOUSE, son of Cristobal colon and vicerroy of the Dominican and Hispaniola island

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