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Diego Velazquez Museum

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Address: Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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This is the oldest house in Cuba, the home (and headquarters) of Cuba's first governor Diego Velazquez, built in 1516. We had the good fortune to have the curator of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is the oldest house in Cuba, the home (and headquarters) of Cuba's first governor Diego Velazquez, built in 1516. We had the good fortune to have the curator of the collection introduce us to the house; he was extraordinarily knowledgable about the Moorish influences in construction and decorative aspects, as well as being able to speak at length and... More 

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Wollongong, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nothing much more to add to that mentioned in the previous couple of reviews. Worth bringing extra CUCs to pay for what I found was excellent explanations (in Spanish) of the particulars, especially the period furniture.

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

A visit to this house allows you to see the Moorish influence in vogue at the time of its construction in the 1500s. It's remarkably well preserved, and is interesting for both its construction (including a furnace to melt gold) and its furnishings. Together with the house next door you have a timeline of how people (the well-off, at least)... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

1515 came Coquistadore Don Diego Velazquez de Cuellar to this part of the word. In the wake of Cristoforo Colombo. The city og Santiago de Cuba was founded and the terror of the Antilles indian tribes began. Eventuallally they where extinct. and the Spanish ruled on until 1888. A tradgedy.

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cheshire uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

Very interesting building dating back to 1500 apparently the oldest house in Cuba. Very interesting museum now. Building itself interesting as made from wood and various floors throughout the building made of various stone. Now houses furniture and glass. Unfortunately we ran out of time as we were part of an organised trip. A very interesting must see places which... More 

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Dublin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016

This is opposite the Casa Granda Hotel. It features an amazing varied collection of old furniture, glassware, porcelain, chandeliers and pictures from all over Europe, with famous porcelain manufacturers among them. It's a meandering stroll that gives you insights into how the colonial power authorities lived grandly. There are guides in each of the rooms in the house who will... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Well worth a visit to see how the original house was furnished. Could have benefited from English language guides or documents

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Architecturally an interesting building to visit in order to understand colonial buildings in Cuba. Some interesting facts about local history are displayed on the walls in the ground floor. Must know Spanish to take full advantage of the info around. Don't miss out the 'oven' where the gold bars were made back when the building was the local 'central bank'.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

This house dates back to 1522, its origin a trading house and gold foundry which provided lodging to our conqueror upstairs Lots of period furnishings and a two-way screen whereby one can peep without being observed. There are notable Moorish tones as the Turks reigned supreme in those days. Its a mish-mash of English, French and Spanish furnishings, ceramics, carved... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

Loved this building. We got a bit of insight into the colonial history of Santiago. A great way to spend a couple of hours

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