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Faces Of A City: Willemstad Curacao is homage to Willemstad’s multiculturalism and unique urban architecture.
This history of Willemstad, Curacao, on island just of the coast of Venezuela, reads like a storybook: centuries of colonial domination, looting and slavery, Dutch mercantile spirit and the development of trade. The mixture of cultures from all corners of the globe have made it a fascinating melting pot.
Willemstad's origin and colonial heritage is reflected in colorful buildings and the lay-out of the inner city's four historic districts. The array of styles and periods in which the buildings came about, make Curacao's architecture a unique mirror of life in the tropics!
However, the city suffered badly from a public revolt in 1969, aggravated by the rigors of climate, sea salt, sun and wind. Historic Willemstad and its monuments has gone a long way to earn the UNESCO hallmark. But rightly so; the determination and resourcefulness of a number of organizations and people brought the rapid dilapidation to a halt.
Architects, developers and art historians vividly explain how Curacao's history has been marked by a restoration practice ranging from the mere rescue of monuments in the early days to professional conservation management today.
This film not only provides insight into the elegance and evolution of the island's historical architecture. It also highlights the modern architecture which adds to Willemstad's special appeal.
A wonderful source of inspiration for visitors, students & professionals alike; featuring unique archival footage, aerials and vibrant Caribbean music.