Museo Alcázar de Colón

Museo Alcázar de Colón information

Santo Domingo , Dominican Republic
Street Plaza España
+1 809 682 4750
admission RD$60
Opening hours
9am-5pm Tue-Sat, to 4pm Sun
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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.