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Diego Velazquez Museum
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

As the home of the Island's first European governor, this was a very enjoyable window into how wealthy Spaniards lived in Cuba centuries before independence. Said to be the oldest home in Cuba, now it houses furniture from various eras.

It is also a reminder of how people knew how to build for the climate in earlier times, being 10 or 15º cooler than outside. The furniture was interesting and intricate and there are a few other artifacts, plus very pleasant docents.

A corner of the home is a giant, granite lined "chimney" maybe four meters square. For a resident goldsmith, I seem to recall. Reminded me slightly of a home in Varanasi, where some of house was a silk factory and the rest was for family.

Well worth a visit, and probably would reward every bit of prior scholarship one invested, if one were so inclined.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank SkykomishBob
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

The museum is in fact two houses joined together. At the front is the oldest house in Santiago de Cuba - some say in Cuba itself, constructed from 1516 to 1530 for the governor Diego Velazquez, with historic Mudejar-style interiors; it is then connected to a later house at the rear to create a substantial museum which displays Cuban furniture and decorative arts from the 16th century onwards, in rooms which have been sensitively restored.

Definitely worth visiting both for the architecture and for the collections on display. There is also a furnace previously used to make gold ingots. from a time when the building was used as a 'House of Transactions'.

The assistants are helpful in explaining things, though generally in Spanish.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Ian C
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

A typical Spanish colonial house, built for the governor in a Moorish style. We saw some original features and some which had been restored after a fire, some original furniture and fittings.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Angela G
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

This is a very easy an enjoyable spot to visit right in the middle of one of Santiago's main squares. Across from a magnificent cathedral and several other old buildings, all overlooking the picture postcard bay.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Greg R
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We enjoyed the oldest house in Cuba - some lovely architecture and furniture and very helpful guides. A change from the hurly burly of the square outside.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank John B
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