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Alcazar de Colon

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Address: Plaza de Espana | Off Calle Emiliano Tejera at foot of Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: (809) 686-8657
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Built by Christopher Columbus's son between 1510 and 1514, this restored...
Built by Christopher Columbus's son between 1510 and 1514, this restored building was one of the first structures built in the oldest remaining European city in the Americas.
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The centrepiece of the zona colonial

The Alcazar is a fascinating place to visit. The cost of entry is low and you are provided with an audio which provides information about each room. This is a highlight and not to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 19, 2015
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Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

The Alcazar is a fascinating place to visit. The cost of entry is low and you are provided with an audio which provides information about each room. This is a highlight and not to be missed.

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Columbus Son Diego built this home for his own.. although he didn't reside there very long, i'm certainly glad it remains.. its a great historical property and a wonderful place to see.

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USA Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

The Alcázar de Colón was built between 1510-12 by Columbus' son Diego as the Viceregal Palace of the Americas. It was sacked in the 1580s by Sir Frances Drake, but was where many of the conquistadors planned their expeditions in the early days of western exploration of the Americas. The building was essentially a ruin by the 1700s. It was... More 

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Cottonwood, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

I have visited this national treasure during Christmas week of 2014. This is like going back in time. I enjoyed the displays of furniture and other items. I learned that Diego Columbus lived during the early 1500's. The staff was very friendly, gave a great presentation. Enjoyed the visit very much, highly recommend if you plan to travel to the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Pretty cool tour. Not a bad wait. Pretty furniture and view. They do allow to take photos which is nice. They also have walking headsets to listen to in each room

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

Good preservation of building. Friendly staff, translation available. Some times they reenact the colonial times using actors dressed in age related costumes. Its a must for those traveling to Santo Domingo the first time. Try to book a hotel on the colonial city to fully experience the buildings, streets, plazas and 500 years of historic tradition on the Americas.

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

In my opinion, one of the few cultural places in the Dominican Republic. This palace belonged to Diego Columbus, the eldest son of Christopher Columbus, the second Viceroy of the New Spain (Dominican Republic). The palace contains furniture and personal objects from the colonization period. I am very surprised that nothing has been damaged. There were some hordes of tourists... More 

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Smithfield, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

This is a must see on any tour of Santo Domingo. The medieval roots of the construction are very obvious, and it's in remarkable condition given its age. We were fortunate in our timing as there were only a few, small tour groups when we visited.

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Witham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Beautiful building with headphone audio to assist. Rooms nicely laid out and really brought home what it must have been like. Well worth a visit

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Burlington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

It was very interesting to see where the family of Christopher Columbus lived & to see some of the relics from the past centuries. It had great collections in each room & the use of a head phone enabled you to go at your own pace.

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