Curaçao Historic Sites
Curacao is a region rich in cultural history and diversity. So, there’s more to discover besides just beautiful beaches. Many historical places in Curaçao deserve to be experienced by everyone. Willemstad has also been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here’s a list of historical places in Curacao, that deserves to be on your travel itinerary.
Fort Nassau is a place of great historical importance. The fort was first built in 1797 and was intended to protect the island against enemy raids. The fort’s original name was ‘Fort Republic’. In 1807, the British attacked and took control of the whole city, and Fort’s name was changed to ‘Fort George’. In 1816, Its name was again changed to ‘Fort Orange Nassau’ to honour a Dutch Royal family.
Currently, Fort Nassau serves as one of the best restaurants on the island. It is located at the top of a hill and has a magnificent 360-degree view. In CUISINES, they have 3 options: Seafood, European, International. They also have special diets option. No doubt, My favourite one.
Fort Nassau opening hours are Saturday & Sunday (6:00 PM – 11:00 PM) and Monday – Friday (12:00 PM to 2:00 PM & 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM).
Fort Amsterdam & Church
Fort Amsterdam was founded in 1634, near Willemstad. It was assigned to protect the island from enemy attacks: to serve as a military base. It was also used as the headquarters of the DWIC. Nowadays, it functions as a government office.
It also houses a museum with ancient artifacts. A cannon embeds into the church wall, fired by Britain’s Captain Bill Bligh’s fame. The combined admission fee for both the castle and the church is only $6. Since The fort is serving as Government office these days, they don’t allow to go to the fort upper palaces. But you can visit Church and Museum.
The Church opening hours are Monday-Friday (10:00 AM – 1:30 PM), Sunday (9:30 AM – 11:00 PM), and the Church is closed on Saturday’s.
The Rif Fort directly behind the cruise terminal on Curacao is quite a nice and upscale shopping mall, and the cruise ship’s tourists have to pass through it. It is a former fort that has been turned into a mall area. It was first established in 1828.
The village has bright colorful buildings with high-end shopping stores like Renaissance Mall & Rif Fort<http://www.shoprenaissancecuracao.com/ >, a courtyard & cafe’s like Douwe Egberts Café<http://www.decafecuracao.com/ >, bars and eateries like Porto Curaçao Restaurant. I loved walking along the coastline, the scenic route, and from the bridge to the city streets with more shops and restaurants. There is also a historical walk that you can do, and the views from inside the fort are incredible. Just beautiful.
Rif Fort village opening hours are from (9:00 AM – 11:00 PM) and is open 7 days a week.
The oldest fort on the island of Curaçao. Fort Beekenburg was built around 1703 on the peninsula. The Fort is still in good shape and is a place of great historical significance. Pedro Luis Brio is said to have been a commander there, and in 1805 fought the British invasion army.
I visited, and I liked this little gem. There is a wall with cannons, an old building, and a tower with cannons. Here are great views from the wall and tower above. The tower can be seen from many miles away. This place is very near to the tugboat shipwreck. The only issue is the parking area, which is a bit small. The place is absolutely free to go and is open to everyone at all times.
Waterfort is an ancient Dutch fort established on the outskirts of the well-known Punda district. It was first built in 1634, to defend against seaborne attacks.
In 1827, it was reconstructed and was used as a store for munitions, food, and medical supplies. This fort was also used during world war 2, as defensive purposes. As anti-aircraft guns can still be seen on this fort.
Nowadays, This area has many restaurants such as Waterfront Terrace . And it is located above the water, you’ll have a great view of the sea while dining.
Nena Sanchez, a famous artist, was born in Curacao. From her childhood, she became interested in painting, and at the age of 18, she participated in a painting competition. Her painting was selected in the Top 12. In 1966, she won the title of Miss Curacao and was also named Miss Amity Worldwide. In 1994, she began painting again, and her paintings have gained worldwide fame. Nena’s paintings are now available in private collections in Europe, Canada, North and South America, Asia, and the Netherlands Antilles.
This place is the former home of artist Nina Sanchez. I went there, and I loved it, a wonderful place. Nena’s paintings were marvelous, and there are many of them. You can also find an ancient planting house. I had a great conversation with the gallery owner.
Landhuis Jan Kok opening hours are (10:00 AM – 5:00 PM), and is open for all 7 days.
Another spot of great historical importance regarding Curacao’s art, culture and nature. The Landhuis Bloemhof was first built in the 1700s and was sold in 1735. Since ‘1919, ‘Bloemhof’ belongs to the same family, which works very hard to preserve its charm and excellence as genuine as possible.
This place is devoted to art exhibitions, cultural events, and nature in memory of May Henriquez. In the front, there is the Country House, which has many exhibits by local artists. In addition, there is the Youth Project of Thorn Cathedral, a beautiful structure of thorn bushes that are found everywhere on Curaçao. The place is also surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Landhuis Bloemhof opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM), and the Church is closed on Saturday & Sunday.