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Alcázar de Colón

Plaza de España, Calle La Atarazana 2, Santo Domingo 10212, Dominican Republic
+1 809-682-4750
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Alcázar de Colón Santo Domingo  Dominican Republic

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Alcázar de Colón

Built for Diego, Columbus’s older son, when he became the governor of the Indies, the Alcázar de Colón had fallen into disrepair before it was restored in the 1950s. The building overlooks Plaza España, the main square of the Colonial Zone, and is a rare New World example of Mudéjar architecture, a style typical of Spanish buildings at the time, combining Gothic and Moorish elements. The castle serves as a museum, and visitors come to explore both it and the artifacts housed here, some reputed to have belonged to the Columbus family. The museum is also home to the Caribbean's most important collection of European medieval and Renaissance art, though those were only acquired during the renovation.