"Alcazar Colón" Alcázar de Colón - Columbus' house Tip by mikey_e

  Alcazar Colón
by mikey_e

The Alcazar was the house Diego Columbus built for his family between 1511 and 1515. It contains no nails and is in the Gothic style particular to Spanish buildings known as Isabelline. It was built in this area so that it would be close to the Casas Reales (administrative centre) and would be one of the first buildings seen by those entering the port. Unfortunately, the Columbus family left Santo Domingo fro Spain in 1577 and the Alcazar went to ruin until this century, when it was restored as a national monument. Inside the Alcazar is yet another museum chronicling the lives and habits of the aristocracy of colonial Santo Domingo, and visitors can roam the house and even enter the fortified terrace on the second floor. This later addition to the house caused a bit of worry in Spain, where they though Diego might try a secessionist movement from his bunker-cum-homestead.

Address: Plaza Espańa
Directions: At the northern end of the Plaza

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  • Written Sep 9, 2007
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