The castle of Don Diego Colón, built in 1517, was the home to generations of the Christopher Columbus family. The Renaissance-style structure, with its balustrade and double row of arches, has strong Moorish, Gothic, and Isabelline influences. The 22 rooms are furnished in a style to which the viceroy of the island would have been accustomed—right down to the dishes and the vice regal shaving mug. The mansion's 40-inch-thick coral-limestone walls make air-conditioning
impossible. Bilingual guides are on hand for tours peppered with fascinating anecdotes, like weddings once-upon-a time.
Plaza de España, off Calle Emiliano Tejera, Santo Domingo, 10210, Dominican Republic
Jan 17, 2005
This is one of the finest early Spanish palaces in the New World. Authentic throughout. Small enough to take in during a single visit of less than 30 minutes.