Discover the heritage of Curaçao
With a rich and long colonial history the monumental architecture in the picturesque city of Willemstad and all surrounding neighborhoods on the island have become a pearl in the Caribbean.
Curaçao: Island of Monuments
Most of the listed buildings are situated in the old districts of the island’s capital, Willemstad.
The historical Inner City, which consists of four districts, Punda, Otrobanda, Pietermaai and Scharloo, together with the harbor of Willemstad is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and accommodates 743 listed monuments. These are mostly historic shops, townhouses and mansions, but an array of typical small homes is also included.
In the outskirts and the countryside, more than 60 former plantation houses dating from the 17th to the 19th centuries dot the island. They are quite often located in a superb natural setting together with some more modest dwellings and vernacular architecture.
Curaçao’s archaeological and historical sites feature remnants of human settlements and activities dating back to the Archaic age (from 2,500 B.C.).
THE ISLAND'S MONUMENTAL SITES
The historic inner city of Willemstad is a protected urban landscape and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Explore all 743 listed built heritage in historic Willemstad
Historic Innercity Willemstad
Some non-listed buildings, that support the historic character of Willemstad are eligible for special financing from the Curaçao Monument Fund Foundation. Explore all 128 supporting structures in historic Willemstad.
Out of Innercity Willemstad
Outside the inner city, various types of listed buildings can be found on the island, such as former plantation houses. Explore all 93 listed structures outside the old city.
Archaeological sites can be found throughout the island of Curaçao. Some of them have a protected status. Explore all 24 listed archaeological sites on the island.