Alcázar de Colón
Alcázar de Colón
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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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georgemd09
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The tour was a bit rushed but this is a must see museum in San to Domingo. Rooms of Diego Colon and his wife were recreated, library, dining rooms with furniture from 16th century. Recommend.
Written January 8, 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,575 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Almost on the shores of "Río Ozama", right at the famous "Plaza de España", the very heart of Santo Domingo's "Ciudad Colonial", stands the former residential palace of the Spanish Viceroys! It was built, in 1510, by Don Diego Colón, the fourth Governor General of the colony of Santo Domingo and eldest son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo, a great niece of King Ferdinand I of Aragón and first Spanish noblewoman to arrive in the New World. The palace, today known as the "Alcázar de Colón", was built according to the gothic-mudejar architectural style, very typical of the early 16th century. It had over 50 rooms, gardens, courtyards and awesome views of the river and its harbor. Along the years, the palace was abandoned and almost collapsed down. Totally restored between 1955 and 1957, its ancient coraline blocks house, today, the most visited museum in the Dominican Republic, with a collection of European late medieval and renaissance art. As you may not know, the palace was completely sacked, in 1586, by Sir Francis Drake, the famous English pirate ... Not much was left behind by Drake's forces. The mentioned actual collection was bought in the late 1950's and is not very impressive. Enjoy!
Written September 15, 2020
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RCDS_Family
South Frontenac, Canada392 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021
We had a guided tour of this Museum. It was larger than we thought.

There was a lot to see.

Some of the pieces are recreations. Others are authentic. Staff does keep an eye on you for security reasons as you are up close to many of the artifacts.

It is a must see when you are touring the old city.
Written December 3, 2021
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sanju_222323
New Jersey16,034 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
My bad luck, past 3 trips, I have encountered something like this every trip. Chicago- bean was under construction. Acadia, can’t see the sunset due to fog, and now this. The place was closed for renovation.

Overlooking the Plaza de España and the Ozama River, the Alcázar de Colón (Columbus Palace) was built in the early 1500s as the governor’s residence. Once the home of Diego Colón, Christopher Columbus' son, this 16th-century viceregal palace (or residence of the governor/viceroy) was the nucleus of the Spanish court for more than 60 years.

Explore 22 rooms over two stories inside the restored palace and museum, and see a collection of furniture, household items, artworks, tapestries, musical instruments, and weaponry, which offer a glimpse of life in Colonial Santo Domingo.

A tour of the Alcázar de Colón is a must for anyone who wants to learn more about the city's rich history. And be sure to pick up some headphones to take advantage of the museum's self-guided audio tours

Today, it’s one of the Colonial Zone’s most popular museums, and houses period furniture, artworks, and artifacts from the 16th century.
Written May 1, 2024
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Connector5026
Reading, Pa.1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a n extremely fascinating place to see. The building itself has been referbished and includes many interesting artifacts. The tour guide was very professional and personable. On one side is the Ozama River; on the other is an expansive plaza, which becomes "the happening place" in the evening. The outdoor restaurants along the plaza offer an interesting variety of foods. The Museo de Jamon (Museum of Ham) (I can't help smiling at the unusualness of the name) features flaminco dancers. Be sure to enjoy a Cuba Libre (rum and coke); the name means "Free Cuba", and is a local joke, since, of course, Cuba is not free.
The beer to drink is Presidente, an excellent local brew, and virtually the only beer anyone drinks here. Dominicans take great pride in serving Presidente as cold as is humanly possible.
Written August 12, 2003
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JanisN123
Crown Point, IN638 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This was a great museum to look through and get more information on the area. We also had a family member go through with us and tell us about more since he has lived in the area his whole life. Great plaza in front to people watch.
Written July 8, 2021
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RickMIusa
Grand Rapids, MI2,343 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
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 restored in the 1950s before the U.S. invasion of the Dominican Republic in the 1960s. The furnishings represent the best artifacts from the late medieval period that were brought to the Americas by the Spanish. It is my understanding that none of the artifacts were the property of the Columbus family. Having said all that, the building is well worth an hour to explore. The furnishings are authentic from the period and are very good pieces. The tapestries are especially worth note, although the furniture is also extremely good. There are audio tours in many languages and the entrance fee is low (it varies depending on where you live, with Dominicans and schoolkids getting in free or nearly so - after all it is their cultural history). If you visit Santo Domingo, this should be the first place you see. Take time to sit a bit in the row of restaurants that overlook the plaza. It's a fine cultural experience.
Written March 7, 2015
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PuntaCana_oct2008
USA32 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited this historical place on the 2nd week of October 2008, as part of the Santo Domingo City Tour (operated by “CoCo Tours” every Wednesday, from Punta Cana). The entrance fee was included in the $69.00 US price of the tour.

Location: The Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo, inside Plaza de España (off Calle Emiliano Tejera at the foot of Calle Las Damas) - Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo
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Open daily from 9am until 5pm
The entrance fee: 20 Dominican pesos (less then $1.00 US)

If you’re interested in history in general and the Dominican culture in particular, I highly recommend this museum. Otherwise, you may find it boring, so either skip it or so you may want to visit it just to kill time on a rainy day, for example.

Alcazar de Colon - facade of the viceroy's palace, now a museum – is also known as “Palacio Virreinal de Don Diego Colon” (or “Palacio de Diego Colon”).

Christopher Columbus' son DIEGO became one of the earliest governors of the Indies in 1509 and he ordered the construction of this two-story family home and governor's mansion between 1510 and 1512. The building is an impressive construction of coralline blocks that once housed some fifty rooms and a number of gardens and courtyards (although what remains today is about half the size it once was).

Diego's wife was King Ferdinand's niece (named Maria de Toldeo) and they lived at this Alcazar de Colon - a palace built for them in the city of Santo Domingo.

During the early Spanish colonial period, this mansion occupied a very important place in history. It was from here that many expeditions of conquest and exploration were planned.

Christopher Columbus had two sons: DIEGO - the legitimate one, who lived off his father's connections, and illegitimate FERNANDO, his father's biographer. As son of the wealthy Felipa Perestrello Moniz, who came from a noble Portuguese family, DIEGO Colon enjoyed more privileges than his illegitimate brother Fernando. Fernando Colon was 18 when his father died and soon after that accompanied his older brother Diego to the New World in 1509 when Diego was appointed governor of Hispaniola (the present Dominican Republic).

The home/ museum is filled with colonial art and artifacts and is one of the can't-miss stop on any Santo Domingo tour. The nearly two dozen rooms and open-air loggias are decorated with paintings, period tapestries, and 16th-century antiques.

For example, in Diego’s office (“Despacho de Diego”), there is a great painting of Christopher Columbus and his son, Diego (realized in 1957 by the Spanish painter Rafael Pellicer). In addition, this office has a replica of his ship “Santa Maria.”

You may also want to check out the portraits of Isabela (Reina Isabel de Castilla – “La Catolica”) and Ferdinand (Rey Fernando de Aragon – “El catolico”) in the elegant Salon de Las Doncellas also know as “Salon de Reception” (by the same Spanish painter Rafael Pellicer, in 1957).

As the influence of Santo Domingo waned, this house felt into ruins, and by the mid 18th century was abandoned and in danger of rotting away. Fortunately, it was rescued and extensively restored between 1955 and 1957.

Located at the point where the Ozama River flows into the Caribbean Sea, the city of Santo Domingo has a fine artificial harbor accessible to most commercial and passenger ships (visible from the museum’s Eastern Gallery/ terrace. The other terrace – Western Gallery of the museum - offers a nice view of Plaza de España).

The stately two-story palace built by Christopher Columbus's son, Diego, overlooks the Ozama river and the large Plaza España. This Moorish-influenced coral-stone mansion is Santo Domingo's most impressive colonial site.

The recently restored and expanded Plaza de España is bordered by “Las Atarazanas,” filled with small shops and restaurants. This area was one of the first commercial centers in the Americas, and is still a hub of activity today.

The statue of Frey Nicolas de Ovando (a Spanish military leader and the first royal governor of the West Indies) can be seen in front of the Alcazar of Colon.
Written October 30, 2008
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springbank
Greve, Denmark3,867 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
If you're in the Colonial Zone area, you should definitely come to this place to learn from history and take pictures. This house
was the early-16th-century residence of Christopher Columbus's son, Diego, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo, is filled with history and some original (but most not) artifacts like clothing, armor, furniture and instruments. Recalled to Spain in 1523, Diego and Doña Maria left the home to relatives who occupied this handsome building for the next hundred years. After that it serve as a prison and a warehouse, before it was finally abandoned. By 1775 it was a vandalized shell of its former self and served as the unofficial city dump. Once housed some fifty rooms and a number of gardens and courtyards, although what remains today is about half the size it once was.
During the early Spanish colonial period, the mansion occupied a very important place in history. It was from here that many expeditions of conquest and exploration were planned.
We visited as part of a tour of Santo Domingo so were slightly rushed. We were doing a self-guided tour using a portable audio speaker that discusses each room's function i(available in various language). But it was very crowded and difficult to stop.
Written March 31, 2017
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Hernan G
Mexico City, Mexico42 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Family
It's a nice museum to learn some history. Pay attention to an elephant's leather trunk in the bedroom. The audio guide has a lot of information. Worth to hear!
Written May 31, 2015
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