Wednesday 21 August, 2019

The curious reason behind Curaçao’s colourful buildings

It was a headache that changed an island, according to local tales.

Curaçao’s famous pastel-coloured buildings possibly began in 1817 when former governer Albert Kikkert allegedly complained of headaches after looking at the brilliant white buildings which reflected the sun’s glare.

It’s said that after this the buildings were all painted in bright colours, and Kikkert may have had a more colourful reason behind his order as it was said that he was part owner of a local paint factory. 

Curacao's colourful buildings

Several buildings, including the iconic strip along Punda, Willemstad, now display colourful facades which have been shared around the world in photos, postcards and videos.

In 1997 the historic area of Willemstad’s inner city and the harbour was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status.

Curaçao also has more than 860 historical and archaeological sites, including some 80 landhuizen (plantation houses).

Today Curacao is said by some to have one of the highest standards of living in the Caribbean, with a well-developed infrastructure, and (some) of that economic success must be credited to tourism.

Trinbagonians can now reach Curaçao via twice-weekly flights with Caribbean Airlines. For more information visit www.caribbean-airlines.com

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