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The Curaçao Difference

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Colorful historic architecture

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In between the blue sky and the ocean you will find the distinctive colors of the Curacao historical architecture. It is partly 'New World', partly 'Old World', and completely unique.

Lose yourself in a beautiful assortment of buildings in contrasting colors meandering through the inner city of Punda and Otrobanda. The architecture embodies the European Baroque style of the 18th century, but caught in the palet of Caribbean colors like mango-orange, guava-pink, papaya-yellow and avocado-green.

It is said that one of the first Dutch governors, feigning medical advice, decreed that all houses should be painted in colors other than white because the reflection of the sun supposedly caused headaches and could even lead to inflammation of the eyes ultimately blindness.

Wherever your eye takes you you will see an array of beautiful, bright colors which give the facades of Curacao's building their powerful radiance. You are sure to experience this in Willemstad, one of the most photographed city-scapes of the Caribbean and listed on the UNESCO World Heritage list. For more information visit: www.curacaomonuments.org.

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