Casa de Colon – House of Christopher Columbus

The voyage of Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America is world famous. What is not known is that Christopher Columbus stopped at Las Palmas enroute to America.  Columbus infact made 3 stops on his 3 voyages to America. Casa de Colon is dedicated to the Naval expeditions of various sailors specially Columbus to America.

Las Palmas was a new developing city.  Juan Rejon the conqueror of the Island started the development of the capital in 1478.  The best building was the Governor’s house. Columbus is thought to have stayed there as a guest during his voyages.  This building has been converted to a Museum.

 

Casa de Colon 1

 

The Casa de Colon Museum has thirteeen permanent exhibits and 3 large Gothic pebbled floorings. At the centre are the famous Gothic style of arches on the roof.

 

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The Ground floor has different models, panels, objects which remind us of the renaissance period.  It has a number of nautical maps, navigational instruments of the period used by Columbus to navigate.  There is a reconstruction of the Admiral room in which Columbus stayed.

Columbus did not stop by Gran Canaria by accident it was planned. The Archipelago falls right in line of the sea stream and wind that flows from east to west.  As one of the most western points on the route to Americas this was an important location for all shipping expeditions to stop to collect their stock pile of food.  Canary Islands thus developed into an important Trading route too.

The museum thus has a good collection of original Ceramic pieces, figures, and reproduction of objects from the various ancient cultures such as the Aztec, Mayan, Zapotecan etc.  Noteworthy are the objects of Amazonian cultures with their bow and arrows.

 

The first floor is dedicated mostly to the island of Gran Canaria and its evolution over time from the 15th century to the 19th century using scaled models of the buildings.  Noteworthy also are the number of paintings adorning the walls of the museum of several artists from the 16th to the 19th century. Amongst its famous collection is those of the Mexican artist Jose de Paez whose theme was of Christianity with paintings of Jesus and Mary.

The museum also routinely conducts children work shops, conferences, seminars.  The museum has a well stocked library of American studies. It also regularly awards authors and artists associated with American studies, arts and culture.  It publishes various papers and conducts research on American arts and culture.

The Muesum is open almost all thro the year.  Monday to Saturday the hours are 10:00 to 18:00 hours and on Sundays and Public holidays they are open from 10:00 to 15:00 hours.  They are closed on 1st and 6th Jan. In Dec they are closed on 24th – 25th and 31st Dec.

There are a number of other places to see in the vicinity both in terms of sight seeing and shopping.

 

 

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