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Culture of Oranjestad. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

Oranjestad at night In Oranjestad, travelers can see a lot of unique natural attractions, as well as interesting historical landmarks. The city's oldest building is Fort Zoutman dated from 1796. The fort was named after the famous Dutch admiral. Despite its impressive age, the fortification looks truly magnificent. Several tourist attractions are found in the port area, and the most famous one is the old Willem III Tower.
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Its construction was completed in 1868, the tower was part of the fort. Over the years, it has repeatedly changed its purpose: it has served as a lighthouse, the main clock tower, library, post office, and watchtower. Today, the fort is occupied by the Historical Museum of Aruba, which presents diverse collections of artifacts. On Tuesdays, it hosts interesting folklore events with the participation of local dance and music groups.
Another important sightseeing object is Queen Wilhelmina State Park, as well as the Governor's Palace located nearby. Having checked out the outstanding architectural monument, you can stroll along the winding alleys of the park and admire centuries-old trees. An interesting cultural institution is the Numismatic Museum of Aruba whose collection includes more than 30 thousand exhibits. Copyright
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The museum displays coins and banknotes brought from one hundred countries of the world. No less interesting is the Archaeological Museum's collection. This one houses a rich collection of artifacts brought from all over the island. Extensive collections of household items, tableware, jewelry, and religious artifacts allow visitors to fully appreciate the culture and traditions of the island's indigenous inhabitants.
Oranjestad beach In the city center, you will find its most famous monument - Simón Bolívar Statue. It was presented to the city by the Venezuelan government and recalls important historical events. Among the natural attractions, the most outstanding one is the Natural Bridge. The unique coral structure is over 100 feet long, and in shape it indeed resembles a huge bridge. If the city's attractions are not enough, you can always go explore the immediate environs where they also have many outstanding landmarks.
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The capital of Aruba boasts wonderful religious attractions too. The main Catholic shrine is Saint Franciscus Church, which attracts lots of tourists despite its small size. This one is remarkable with its wonderful appearance, as well as impressive interior decoration. The history of the temple is of equal interest - listen carefully to a guide or locals who will tell you in detail about why it stands in its place - that is, in the desert. Nearby you can find a wonderful stone maze with large cacti and coconut trees.
Hotel Riu Palace Also, do not pass by Lourdes Grotto, a unique shrine that was built in the rocks in 1958. On February 11, a solemn mass is held here as part of the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Ask any citizen about the history of this place - he or she will be happy to tell about it, as the townspeople are very proud of their culture and history. Another must-visit shrine is the Evangelical Church of San Nicolas striking with its spacious atmosphere.
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Besides Catholic shrines, you can also find Jewish ones (Beth Israel Synagogue), as well as a Protestant temple (the Old Protestant Church). The synagogue was built in 1942, since in the 1920s, many East European Jews (mainly from Poland) came to Aruba, thus forming an extensive Jewish community. The Old Protestant Church captivating tourists with its magnificent exterior at first glance is worth a visit too. The shrine was built in 1846, but as soon as in 1950, the restoration of the building was needed, which was done almost forty years later, in 1988.
Centro Comercial The California Lighthouse is another important landmark in the capital of Aruba. It owes his name to the SS California that sank near Arashi Beach in 1891. After this event, it was decided to build a lighthouse, which was completed in 1916. One hundred years later, the structure was restored. It is certainly worth visiting the beautiful farms located in the capital of Aruba and its environs - Donkey Sanctuary Aruba, Aruba Ostrich Farm, as well as The Butterfly Farm.
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A great historical monument is the beautiful Old Dutch Windmill, which was built in 1804 in Friesland (the Netherlands), damaged in 1929, and transported to the island in 1960 when Aruba's tourism industry was looking for original attractions to catch travelers' attention. The building itself tells an interesting legend: it is believed to have been cursed since the sale of De Olden Molden restaurant in 1975 (opened in 1962). The entrance to the building is closed, but everyone has a chance to enjoy its truly magnificent look from the outside. And, of course, take a couple of pictures.
Hotel Riu Palace As for natural attractions, an outstanding one is the Ayo and Casibari Rock Formations with its bizarre-shaped boulders. Besides the stones, its visitors can see many cacti and iguanas living in this place. Fans of archaeological sites and places steeped in history should go explore the Balashi Gold Mill Ruins and the Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins. When it comes to museums, tourists visiting the island would be happy to check out the Aruba Glass Ceramics with its magnificent collection of products created by the hands of local craftsmen.
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Iconic cultural sights of Aruba

One of the most remarkable and popular attractions in Aruba is the Old Dutch Windmill on Palm Eagle Beach. It was built in the Netherlands in the early 19th century, and then disassembled and relocated to Aruba. In this small bright-red mill which looks naturally among cactuses, palm trees and exotic flowers, is today located a restaurant, which makes visiting this place an excellent option for those who like to combine business with pleasure. Palm Eagle Beach also offers you the opportunity to dive into the sea and explore the remains of the legendary ship “SS Antilla”, which belonged to Germany. The ship which took goods from Aruba to Germany, anchored near the coast in May 1940, and its crew did not know that Germany had entered Holland. The Dutch were going to confiscate the ship, but the captain ordered the crew to sink it. … Open
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