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Diego Velazquez Museum

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Address: Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
Phone Number: +53 22 652652
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Oldest House - interesting visit and location

A visit to this house allows you to see the Moorish influence in vogue at the time of its construction in the 1500s. It's remarkably well preserved, and is interesting for both... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A visit to this house allows you to see the Moorish influence in vogue at the time of its construction in the 1500s. It's remarkably well preserved, and is interesting for both its construction (including a furnace to melt gold) and its furnishings. Together with the house next door you have a timeline of how people (the well-off, at least)... More 

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Helsingborg, Sweden
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

1515 came Coquistadore Don Diego Velazquez de Cuellar to this part of the word. In the wake of Cristoforo Colombo. The city og Santiago de Cuba was founded and the terror of the Antilles indian tribes began. Eventuallally they where extinct. and the Spanish ruled on until 1888. A tradgedy.

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cheshire uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

Very interesting building dating back to 1500 apparently the oldest house in Cuba. Very interesting museum now. Building itself interesting as made from wood and various floors throughout the building made of various stone. Now houses furniture and glass. Unfortunately we ran out of time as we were part of an organised trip. A very interesting must see places which... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is opposite the Casa Granda Hotel. It features an amazing varied collection of old furniture, glassware, porcelain, chandeliers and pictures from all over Europe, with famous porcelain manufacturers among them. It's a meandering stroll that gives you insights into how the colonial power authorities lived grandly. There are guides in each of the rooms in the house who will... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Well worth a visit to see how the original house was furnished. Could have benefited from English language guides or documents

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Athens, Greece
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

Architecturally an interesting building to visit in order to understand colonial buildings in Cuba. Some interesting facts about local history are displayed on the walls in the ground floor. Must know Spanish to take full advantage of the info around. Don't miss out the 'oven' where the gold bars were made back when the building was the local 'central bank'.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This house dates back to 1522, its origin a trading house and gold foundry which provided lodging to our conqueror upstairs Lots of period furnishings and a two-way screen whereby one can peep without being observed. There are notable Moorish tones as the Turks reigned supreme in those days. Its a mish-mash of English, French and Spanish furnishings, ceramics, carved... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2016

Loved this building. We got a bit of insight into the colonial history of Santiago. A great way to spend a couple of hours

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This is the place that you can not miss if you go to Santiago de Cuba, all the history of the beginning of this city is there, how was the life of the people at that time.Ask for Jorge Jordan, he is one of the best historian on that place.

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Lisse, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

It's great to walk here and experience how it must have been to live in this house. There are soo many items on display that show what it should have been. Each room has great furniture and a guide that (unsolicited) will tell you a story and keep in mind a little tip is welcomed.

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