HOUSE OF DIEGO VELAZQUEZ
Located in Santiago de Cuba, this building is known as the House of Diego Velásquez, due to the fact that the founder of the city established his offices here (lower level) and also his residence (upper level). Its construction dates back to between 1516 and 1530, and it is considered the most ancient house in Cuba. It is the seat of the Museum of the Cuban Historical Environment (Museo de Ambiente Histórico Cubano) and there are those that identify it as a Museum of Colonial Art (Museo de Arte Colonial), because it exhibits different objects of the XVI century and of the second half of the XIX: ceramics, tapestries, weapons, shields and mirrors, among others.
The historical wealth is such that people have named the house the Museum of Furniture (Museo del Mueble), due to its extensive exhibits.
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