Alcazar de Colon: The Governor's Palace

Alcazar de Colon: The Governor's Palace

The Calle de las Damas leads you to the Alcazar de Colon, the austere residence of Diego Columbus, Viceroy of the Indies and Governor of Santo Domingo.

The originality of this palace, built in 1510 on the banks of the Ozama River, lies in the technical prowess of its construction. Walls, doors, and windows in coral stone were assembled with remarkable precision, all without using a single nail. The Gothic and Renaissance architecture also includes some sculpted colonnades inspired by the mudéjar style. The 22 rooms recall the splendour of Hispaniola, colonial Santo Domingo. Reconstituted scenes reveal the interiors as well as the customs and habits of high society between the 14th and 16th centuries.

The museum's remarkable collection consists of about 800 beautifully preserved and authentic pieces, including armour and paintings, tapestries, and dishes, as well as some religious objects that will be of great interest to history buffs. In the evening, the gardens and the palace are framed by centuries old palm trees that are lit from below to emphasize the majesty of the building.

Alcázar de Colón
Plaza de España / Calle Las Damas
Santo Domingo 10212

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