The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) describes heritage as “our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations”. The island of Curaçao has an extensive legacy to pass on; its built heritage in the inner city proved after all to be of ‘outstanding universal value’.
In the early nineties the Government adopted a policy to preserve these structures for the future by listing them as protected monuments by law.
In 1992 the Government nominated the first buildings to be placed on the list. However, property owners or other stakeholders can also apply for the protection of a property.
Nowadays about 865 monuments are listed on Curaçao, both buildings and archeological sites.