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Diego Velazquez Museum

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Address: Felix Pena 612, Santiago de Cuba, Cuba
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Must see to understand Cuba's colonial history

The oldest building in Cuba and home to the first governor of Cuba who founded the first 8 cities of this fantastic country. Excellent guides make this place come alive.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Ellensburg, Washington
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Ellensburg, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The oldest building in Cuba and home to the first governor of Cuba who founded the first 8 cities of this fantastic country. Excellent guides make this place come alive.

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Hollywood, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The guide said this home was built between 1516-1530. Belonged to Governor Velazquez - first governor in Cuba. I found the history behind it interesting, but I wouldn't take kids there.

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Feeding Hills, Ma.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the restored home of Diego Velazquez done in period pieces. Lovely place to tour with beautiful antiques and painted walls.

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Great Neck, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were wandering through the town of Santiago de Cuba having been told that the museum were all closed today.When we passed by we did not even realize that it was a museum. It is really a jewel of a museum. It is an old, restored building. The garden and oourtyard is lovely. The attendants are mostly elderly women who... More 

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Behind the beautiful 16th c. house of the city founder containing lots of interesting furniture and artefacts lies another 18th-19th c. one which allows to appreciate how Cuban culture evolved -knowing that most objects were imported from Europe.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The rooms are laid out beautifully with antique furniture. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the home's history, including the artifacts displayed. Appreciated the visit so view the long Spanish history of the island.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

When the English speaking guide proved to be absent, we took a risk to enter this old house which reminded us of the old houses in Mudejar style we visited in Madrid and other Spanish cities.Much to our surprise, we were welcomed in each room by a friendly female ' conservador' who showed us all the interesting works of art... More 

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New Britain, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

The oldest home surviving in Cuba is well restored, but very dark...which is to be expected from the Spanish style of that era. The downstairs leads to a neighbor's home with a shared courtyard....this home is light and airy by contrast and a lot of fun to visit.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017

It is worth hiring a guide to take one through the house and to explain the history of thee building and its occupants. The only house I have seen with its own gold smelting furnace. Really takes you back intime.

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Buffalo, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

The Diego Velazquez house is almost 500 years old, and is very well maintained by the staff there. Furnishings aren't original to the house, but they're correct for the eras when the house was occupied by Spanish governors. It made me wish I could live in a house like that which is so well adapted to the hot climate.

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