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Diego Velazquez Museum

Address: Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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83%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Type: History museums, Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Boca Raton, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

This old home is the Historical Colonial Environment's Museum, and the oldest construction in Cuba, Try to get a tour with the Curator so you can hear the rich history and learn about the Spanish conqueror and first ever Governor of Cuba, Diego Velazquez. The house was built between 1516 and 1530 and has survived despite numerous fires and hurricanes.... More 

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

he has a unique history and i thought it was closed so we only walked around it and peeked inside until a local let us in! shhh! he knew the owner and said it's a work of art but a wee bit rustic - i say classic :)

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Havana, Cuba
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25 reviews 25 reviews
24 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

During my second visit in 2009 I visited this remarkable architectonic building and historical museum, conceptuated as the “oldest house in Cuba” (and maybe in America), that still stand. The structure is very well preserved with all the architecturals codes of the XVI century. If there is no mistake in the records, the house was constructed between 1516 and 1530;... More 

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Jannali, Australia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Many old items and paintings, including a few charred ones that caught fire when a candle set the place alight (I don't recall when that happened), but I loved seeing the old oven there that was used for melting down the booty that the Spanish had collected from Mexico and made into gold ingots before transferring them to ships headed... More 

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Hertfordshire
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35 reviews 35 reviews
21 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We were very lucky to have a private visit to this museum by the Curator. He made it come to life for us. It is the oldest building in Santiago de Cuba and it houses antiques from each period of history in beautiful rooms. It has to be one of the most fascinating museums I have ever visited. Don't miss... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

In depth tour with a very knowledgeable guide who took us through the formation of the house and history of this city and area.

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Diksmuide, Belgium
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109 reviews 109 reviews
36 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

it is better too visit a place like this in Spain than in Cuba.I dont understan that all touroperators go to this place,with remembers the nasty colonial history of Cuba.

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Melbourne, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

If old stuff thrills you, this will give you goosebumps. The house is 500 years old, and some say it's the oldest home in Latin America. Metre-thick walls, carved ceilings, and a sense of solidity and dignity that give you an idea of the wealth and power of the Spanish empire in that era. (We were interested to learn that... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
17 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

There is not a lot I can say about this museum except that those of us interested in the history of Cuba enjoyed it.

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Guildford
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

I think this is the oldest building in Santiago, dating back to C16 and certainly a good tour with enthusiastic guide with good english. What I did object to was the charge of 5 CUC (not just here but for each museum you go to) to take photos, My advice is save 5 CUC and look on google images!

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