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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sanju_222323
New Jersey15,751 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 1 May 2024
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK223 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Popular destination for tour guides. Queues for tickets. One way system of viewing . 2 floors of exhibits from Columbus times. Lacks funding to bring it to "life" and less dirty.
There are some great exhibits which are worth photographing and treasuring..
Written 12 March 2023
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AidaSpencer
Hamilton, MA21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
This is the home of Colombus' son Diego, who was governor, kept in its original decor. worth the visit.
Written 19 April 2022
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fGregorio
Guatemala City, Guatemala14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
The museum is small compared to others in the area but it has a great view of the plaza. It was nice to see so many objects from that time still intact.
Written 26 March 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
Alcazar de Colon is the oldest royal residential edifice in all Americas.
It was built under the Diego Columbus (Christofer's son) orders as his residence he shared with his wife Maria de Toledo in the early 16 c.
It's a two-story bldg - one side oriented at Ozama river with great views of the river and Columbus lighthouse and the other side towards the big Plaza de Espana sq.
Entry fee is cheap - few bucks, and you need less than an hour for a visit.
Imo, the authenticity of the furniture is questionable, as the palace was looted many times, heavily by pirate Drake, but it is still a great place to visit in Zona Colonial.
Written 29 January 2022
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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 3 December 2021
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JanisN123
Crown Point, IN639 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 8 July 2021
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jbushman2017
Nipomo, CA486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
While the house is well situated and offers great views it does not take long to visit it. You get a free audio guide when you buy your ticket and the walk through the house takes about 30-40 minutes. The building is at the end of the Plaza Espana (a great place to have lunch) so is hard to miss. We appreciated that the house tried to recreate what the house would have looked like and wished the audio guide was more extensive (it described very little). Given the convenience, cheap ticket price, and historical site and great views over the river it is definitely a must see sight here in colonial Santo Domingo.
Written 25 June 2021
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Benny C
Sanford, FL172 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Excellent piece of preserved real estate! Located in the Zona Colonial, this should be on your must see list.
Written 2 October 2020
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 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 15 September 2020
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