When Diego Velázquez, genocidal Spanish conquistador and first governor of Cuba, arrived in Santiago he soon constructed this jewel of colonial architecture. Constructed between 1516 and 1530 and filled with beautiful period furniture this multi-floored stone and wooden structure is replete with artifacts of the time.
Inaugurated in 1970 this national monument aspires to portray various styles popular between the XVI and XIX centuries. Magnificent French, British, Spanish and Cuban furniture are on display along with Spanish ceramics, French porcelain pieces, and wooden chests.
Moorish to neoclassical in design, the structure has several galleries and balconies reflecting add-ons made over the era.
Attesting to the historical significance of this establishment is a furnace used to melt down gold plundered from the Aztec and Inca civilizations during the most successful of imperialistic ventures of the Spanish crown.
The interior gallery, "El Aljibe", regularily exhibits paintings, cultural activities and traditional music.
Located in the very heart of Santiago de Cuba, west of the Park Céspedes, Felix Pena No. 612/Aguilera and Heredia.
Monday to Thursday of 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, Weekends 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Teléfono:+53 (22) 652652/624119
Prices: Entrance 2.00 CUC
Photo permission: 5.00 CUC
Cultural activities: vocal group, the Divas Vocal Group (4th Monday of the month), Vidas Vocal Group (2nd Wednesday each month), Peña Piquete of Ulloa (3rd Thursdays), and traditional music every Sunday beginning at 10 a.m.
Naryara García Costa