History and heritage

The island of Curaçao has a long, interesting and complex story to tell when you dive in its history and heritage. The story that made Curaçao the surprising, colorful and lively island it is nowadays. The past is not only very present in the people, but also found in a variety of museums, forts, galleries, country houses and other historical sites.

Get to know our history while touring the island, see our heritage when visiting the landmarks, hear the stories from our people when you meet them on the streets. The stories will make you curious and help you understand our traditions, habits and island life.

Travel back in time, these stories will amaze you about the rich history of Curaçao.

World Heritage City Willemstad - Pietermaai

​Pietermaai, once the area of the Curacao well-to-do, has undertaken a huge make-over after a long period of neglect and disrepair. Since 2000 Pietermaai has transformed into a contemporary hot spot of Curacao.

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World Heritage City Willemstad - Punda

Established in the mid-1600s, Willemstad’s covey of structures recall the quaint designs of Amsterdam, with exquisite 17th and 18th century Dutch colonial buildings not to be found anywhere else outside of the Netherlands.

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