Museo de las Casas Reales
Reloj del Sol
Across from the Museo de las Casas Reales, this sundial was built by Governor Francisco Rubio y Peñaranda in 1753 and positioned so that...
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...
Capilla de Nuestra Señora de los Remedios
The Gothic-style chapel was built during the 16th century by alderman Francisco de Avila and was intended to be a private chapel and...
This small Italian bistro boasts a preservative- and additive-free menu and handmade pastas. The dining room is a little cramped but...
Museo de las Casas Reales information
Lonely Planet review
Built in the Renaissance style during the 16th century, this building was the longtime seat of Spanish authority for the entire Caribbean region, housing the Governor’s office and the powerful Audiencia Real (Royal Court), among others. It showcases colonial-period objects, including many treasures recovered from Spanish galleons that foundered in nearby waters. Several walls are covered with excellent maps of various voyages of European explorers and conquistadors. Each room has been restored according to its original style, and displays range from Taíno artifacts to dozens of hand-blown wine bottles and period furnishings. Also on display is an impressive antique weaponry collection acquired by dictator/president Trujillo from a Mexican general (ironically, during a 1955 world peace event); you’ll see samurai swords, medieval armor, ivory-inlaid crossbows and even a pistol/sword combo. One of the more interesting museums, partly because of its history and the high quality of its exhibits.