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Address: Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Activities: City walk sightseeing

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Interesting building

This costs a couple of CUC to get in and is worth the visit to escape the heat - it was 38C when we were there. The building is dark but gives a good impression of how the other... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
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Sydney, Australia
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We loved this museum and particularly the man who took us around it who was extremely knowledgeable. His son came around with us and was very well behaved too, even though it was probably boring for him. Definitely recommend a visit inside. Apart from the great history, its lovely and cool too in the heat of the day, which was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This costs a couple of CUC to get in and is worth the visit to escape the heat - it was 38C when we were there. The building is dark but gives a good impression of how the other half lived in the early days of the Spanish conquest.

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Williams Lake, B.C.
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

This house dates back to 1522 and was the residence of the first governor. We were delighted to be given an extensive tour by the curator, who had studied and taught history in Santiago de Cuba for many years. He was delightful and welcomed our extensive array of questions on Cuban history - we learnt so much from him and... More 

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Oak Park, Illinois
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Somewhat interesting architecture and furniture. Lots of history. Few good views of the plaza via ornate windows.

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Rocky River, Ohio
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25 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is the oldest house in Santiago. It is located right near the Cathedral and City Hall of Santiago where Fidel announced the success of the revolution in 1059. It is a beautiful area to walk around. The house is full of antique furniture and you can see the styles that evolved in Cuba. History of fires and hurricanes have... More 

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Pécs, Pecs, Hungary
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Located just next to the cathedral, this ancient house is packed with antique furniture and furnishings.

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Denver, CO
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Like a in number of places in Cuba you have to get past a rather plain entrance to see the gems this museum has. I starts with furniture imported from Spain. The next area features furniture made in Spain but with Cuban wood. And finally features pieces made by Cuban craftsmen with Cuban wood. A real treat if you can... More 

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Oromocto NB
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

We did the tour of the house and we should have gotten a curator/docent but there were none available that could speak English when we were there. The tour cost 2 CUC/person with an additional 5CUC for a camera. I usually don't bother with the camera and if I see that it is worth it I will go back and... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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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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Toronto, Canada
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32 helpful votes 32 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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