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Colonial Landmark

Built in 1672 on a commanding height bathed by the trade winds, Landhuis Ascension remains one of Curacao's most striking historical structures. The plantation house, which sits on the site of a long-ago Indian village, oversaw a farm that grew—with the help of slaves, mind you—maize, beans, and cotton before focusing mostly on cattle.

Visiting the land house and the former plantation grounds brings Curacao's colonial past vividly into focus. Tours of the building are offered every Thursday, while the first Sundays of the month there's an "open house." Other activities include nature walks, during which guides interpret the local countryside.

Utrip Tips

*The house isn't normally open to the public; it's just a cool piece of local history.

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