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Alcazar de Colón – Zona Colonial
Submitted by dr1guide on August 1, 2009 – 9:55 amNo Comment

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Thanks to a new museum initiative, the Alcázar de Colón has opened its doors every Saturday night from 8pm-12am. Visitors will now find individual actors in full costume playing the roles of Diego Columbus, Maria de Toledo, their seven children and members of the court. Take a step back in time and meet the royal family for this “must see” initiative.

The Alcazar de Colón was the monumental home of the first viceroy of the Americas and is the “icon of colonization,” according to Museum Director Eva Camilo. “This is where the New World met royalty for the first time.”

Construction began in 1510 for the grand palace to house Christopher Columbus’s son, newly appointed Santo Domingo Governor, Diego Columbus, his wife Maria de Toledo (niece of King Ferdinand of Spain), their family and royal court.

The Columbus family moved into their new home in 1512 and would inhabit the Alcazar until 1577. During this time as the center of the Spanish court in the Americas, the palace hosted the legendary Spanish explorers Hernán Cortes, Francisco Pizarro and Ponce de León.

Ransacked by English Buccaneer Sir Francis Drake during his 1586 invasion of the city and damaged by subsequent earthquakes, the Alcazar fell into disrepair for over 300 years until it was finally renovated to its past grandeur in 1958.

During this renovation, the Dominican government acquired priceless pieces from the 15th and 16th centuries from royal palaces in Spain, recreating the Alcazar’s original beauty and ambience.

Today, visitors who enter the Alcazar can experience how the first royal family lived in the New World. The palace boasts numerous pieces of Renaissance furniture, musical instruments, ceramics, tapestries and paintings all set out as if the royal family still lived within the palace.

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