- Type: Art Museums/Galleries
NileGuide Expert Says:
Best place to get married in Ponce.
NileGuide Expert tip:
Plan to also visit Cruceta del Vigia as well, it is well worth it.
The Catillo Serrallés is an impressive mansion located in the city of Ponce. The mansion was built in 1930 by architect Pedro Alfonso de Castro for Juan Eugenio Serrallés, the son of businessman and founder of the rum distillery Serrallés, Juan Serrallés. Today, the mansion is a museum and showcases not only the beauty of this small castle to visitors, but also shares information related to the sugarcane industry of the time and its impact on Puerto Rico's economy.
La Cruceta del Vigía sits next to the Castillo Serrallés and can be seen from some of rooms found inside the mansion. The original furnishings are still there as an effort to recreate the living conditions of the era. Its four stories are all concentrated around a marvelous inside patio and you can wonder around every area as if you were living there. The kitchen, majestic dining room, office and other corners are all charming and even mysterious. The original residents of the mansion were the owners of the Don Q Rum brand, a local company that still operates from Ponce.
There's a café and a souvenir store inside, where you can also buy their rum. The gardens are also opened to the public and feature grandiose fountains and dreamy corners under charming foliage. The mansion is a favorite among brides to be and quinceañeras as the perfect place to celebrate -- fairytale style.
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