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Saturday Nights at the Alcazar de Colon
Submitted by dr1guide on February 8, 2010 – 5:03 pmNo Comment

The Alcazar de Colon was the monumental home of the first viceroy of the Americas and is the “icon of colonization,” according to Museum Director Eva Camilo.

Construction began in 1510 for the grand palace to house Christopher Columbus’ son, newly appointed Santo Domingo Governor Di- ego Columbus, his wife Maria de Toledo, their family and royal court. The Columbus family moved into their new home in 1512 and would inhabit the Alcázar until 1577.

“This is where the New World met royalty for the first time.”

Now, thanks to a new museum initiative, the royal family walks the corridors of the Alcázar once again after more than 400 years. Every Saturday night from 8pm-12am, individual actors in full costume play the roles of Diego, Maria de Toledo, their seven children and members of the court.

Visitors on Saturday nights get to relive a normal day at the Columbus Palace. Guests are welcomed by members of the royal court at the palace’s entrance. From here, the court members guide visitors through each room, acting as narrators, as the dramas of 16th century life are played out.

The production’s great attention to detail is impressive. Actors belt out flawless Spanish accents with impeccable costumes designed by some of the Dominican Republic’s top designers. The dramatization also weaves in actual historical events that took place during the family’s 65 year tenure at the palace. The detail continues with a candlelight ambience and a special surprise at the end of the 20 minute tour that make Saturday’s nights at the Alcázar a must see.

“Besides experiencing the value of the Alcázar’s collection and architecture, visitors will experience the Alcázar with life,” says Camilo. “We’re changing the image of not only the museum, but also the way the story is told. This is reliving history.”

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