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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

A small island in the Caribbean Sea, Curaçao boasts more than 860 protected historical buildings and archeological sites.

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 most famous and awe-inspiring monuments of Curaçao. On this website one can find the following:

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

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.

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.

Willemstad: UNESCO World Heritage Site

Willemstad is the capital city of Curaçao, a Dutch Caribbean island. It’s known for its old town center, with pastel-colored colonial architecture. In 1997, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee approved the nomination of the historic city center of Willemstad as a World Heritage site, because of its “outstanding value and integrity, which illustrates the organic growth of a multicultural community over three centuries, and preserves to a high degree significant elements of the many strands that came together to create it” .

Boundaries of the historic area of Willemstad and the main four districts.


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