Columbus Alcazar, also known as Alcázar de Colón. is a significant historical site situated in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. As the oldest Viceregal residence in America, it is part of the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo World Heritage Site. The palace was built for Diego Colón, the son of Christopher Columbus, and his wife in the early 16th century.

The Alcázar de Colón now houses the Museo Alcázar de Diego Colón, which boasts the Caribbean’s most important ensemble of European late medieval and Renaissance works of art. Among its remarkable collections are tapestries dating from the 15th to 17th centuries, including pieces produced by the Flemish Van Den Hecke family. The museum is the most visited in Santo Domingo.

Throughout its history, the palace has been a center for Spanish commerce and culture, hosting distinguished visitors such as Hernán Cortés, Ponce de León, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa. Although it was sacked by Sir Francis Drake in 1586 and later abandoned, extensive restorations between 1955 and 1957 preserved the building, filling it with period furniture, artwork, and other accessories.



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