Unesco | Willemstad is the capital of Curacao

Willemstad, Curaçao

Simona Bertolaso

Willemstad

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Willemstad is the capital city of Curacao and a world heritage city. The downtown of Willemstad city is rich in history and display colorful government buildings, shopping centers, private homes, restaurants and business buildings. There are 750 colorful structures in total in this city. With these colorful buildings the waterfront of Willemstad city looks definitely unreal.
This coloring tradition in the city was started by General Governor Albert Kikkert. There is also an interesting story behind it. Albert Kikkert suffered from migraine headaches during his charge in the 19th century. He understood that the reflection of sunlight from Willemstad’s white building causes such health problems. Then Albert Kikkert gave direct order to paint all buildings in the downtown area of the city with bright colors other than white.
There are hundreds of protected historical buildings in Willemstad city.

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