Museo Alcázar de Colón
Puerta de San Diego
For a time, this imposing gate built in 1571 downhill from the Alcázar de Colón was the main entrance into the city. Beside it you can...
The area in front of the Alcázar de Colón has been made over many times, most recently during the early 1990s in honor of the 500th...
Museo del Ron y la Caña
This new museum, housed in a restored 16th-century building, is a celebration of rum and sugar cane, two of the country’s most important...
El Patio del Canario
Owned by a Dominican salsa star, this bar is for grown-ups; if the music gets too loud step out into the beautiful courtyard.
Mesón del Jamón
Another of Plaza España’s eateries, Mesón del Jamón is distinctive for its elegant 2nd-floor balcony. Only four or so tables for two fit...
Museo Alcázar de Colón information
Lonely Planet review
Designed in the Gothic-Mudéjar transitional style, this was once the residence of Columbus’ son, Diego, and his wife, Doña María de Toledo, during the early 16th century. Recalled to Spain in 1523, the couple left the home to relatives who occupied the handsome building for the next hundred years. It was subsequently allowed to deteriorate, then was used 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. Less than a hundred years later, only two of its walls remained at right angles.
The magnificent building we see today is the result of three restorations: one in 1957, another in 1971 and a third in 1992. Great pains were taken to adhere to the historical authenticity during its reconstruction and decor. Today it houses many household pieces said to have belonged to the Columbus family. The building itself – if not the objects inside – is definitely worth a look.