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.
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... 更多
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is the oldest house in Cuba, the home (and headquarters) of Cuba's first governor Diego Velazquez, built in 1516. We had the good fortune to have the curator of the collection introduce us to the house; he was extraordinarily knowledgable about the Moorish influences in construction and decorative aspects, as well as being able to speak at length and... 更多
Nothing much more to add to that mentioned in the previous couple of reviews. Worth bringing extra CUCs to pay for what I found was excellent explanations (in Spanish) of the particulars, especially the period furniture.
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)... 更多