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"Colorful buildings of Punda in Willemstad, Curacao" Top 5 Page for this destination Dutch Architecture Tip by dlytle

Dutch Architecture, Curaçao: 17 reviews and 32 photos

  Punda's Handelskade in Willemstad, Curacao
by dlytle

The unique crayon-colored architecture of Curacao sets the stage for a vacation more colorful than you ever imagined. In Willemstad, the capital city, colorful European-style buildings line the harbor reflecting the exuberant mix of cultures, languages, history and beauty contained within her shores.

One of Curacao's most famous sights is Punda's Handelskade, a historical waterfront street with colorful colonial houses.

So just why are the buildings in Willemstad so colorful? Blame it on headaches!

In 1817, after being plagued by recurring headaches, which he blamed on the glare of white houses, Governor-general Albert Kikkert passed a law that pastel colors must be used on all buildings - hence the color explosion throughout Willemstad.

You will delight in strolling through the colorful streets of Dutch style homes and buildings, creating a truly unique Caribbean cultural experience.

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  • Updated Jan 12, 2004
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