796. Curaçao’s Rainbow Sloping Homes


Our picturesque row of small single-story houses constructed in step-configuration along sloping Berg Altena. All of them painted in bright and lively colors so as to cheer up visitors to our neighboring Protestant and Jewish cemeteries. Each a different color but with the same front facade, central door with flanking windows, Terracotta roof tiles and street-level doorsteps. Classified as monuments, these houses were restored in 1986, but their exact year of construction is unknown.

When I was a little girl I’d look out the window driving down Berg Altena to Punda or up to Salinja, desperately hoping to find someone popping out of one of these houses. At one point I even looked up ‘Berg Altena 12-28’ in our telephone book to make sure that people actually live here (they do!) Anyway… can you picture their mattresses and couches… all sloped? The incline is pretty steep! I guess they must’ve gotten used to it, like we get used to mosquitoes and in-laws 🙂

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

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