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Diego Velazquez Museum

Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: City walk sightseeing
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Jannali, Australia
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 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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93 reviews 93 reviews
32 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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51 reviews 51 reviews
20 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2013

Just a few days ago, I enjoyed a brief tour with an English-language guide through the Diego Velazquez museum in Santiago. The residence, originally built beginning around 1515, has been largely reconstructed. Nevertheless, the museum contain furniture and artifacts from each generation of the house's existence. The tourist entrance fee is $2.00 CUC.

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Dublin, Ireland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

This was one of the most impressive historic buildings we visited in Cuba and is well worth visiting if in Central Santiago. It is conviently located on Parque Cespedes (allowing for good hassle-free photos of the Square from its windows) and its interior has been very well maintained. We enjoyed the private "tour" offered by the sweet elderly lady upstairs... More

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Toronto, Canada
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39 reviews 39 reviews
9 attraction reviews
189 helpful votes 189 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

You don’t have to be an antique aficionado to enjoy this beautiful colonial building which is almost 500 years old. The former residence of Cuba’s first governor includes many beautiful hand-carved period furnishings as well as porcelain and glass from Spain, Germany, France and even China but the wooden ceilings and delicate wooden shutters are just as impressive. Believe it... More

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