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Diego Velazquez Museum

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Address: Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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+53 22 652652
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Dark and light

The oldest home surviving in Cuba is well restored, but very dark...which is to be expected from the Spanish style of that era. The downstairs leads to a neighbor's home with a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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New Britain, Connecticut
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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The oldest home surviving in Cuba is well restored, but very dark...which is to be expected from the Spanish style of that era. The downstairs leads to a neighbor's home with a shared courtyard....this home is light and airy by contrast and a lot of fun to visit.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is worth hiring a guide to take one through the house and to explain the history of thee building and its occupants. The only house I have seen with its own gold smelting furnace. Really takes you back intime.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Diego Velazquez house is almost 500 years old, and is very well maintained by the staff there. Furnishings aren't original to the house, but they're correct for the eras when the house was occupied by Spanish governors. It made me wish I could live in a house like that which is so well adapted to the hot climate.

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Thank nunezm285
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visiting this museum is a like magical travel in time, back to the old days and centuries when Santiago de Cuba was discovered and founded by the Spaniards. Beautiful peaces of art everywhere, stylish furniture, antiques and a spacious patio al fresco where you may seat for hours. Right opposite Parque Cespedes and The Cathedral it is super conveniently located.... More 

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 December 27, 2016

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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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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