06 Dec '11, 10am

Aruba’s historical centre returning to its former glory

Aruba’s capital Oranjestad is in the process of urban renewal, with extensive work being done to restore the island’s historical centre to its former glory. Aruba was conquered by the Dutch in 1636 and this heritage can be seen everywhere on the island, particularly in Oranjestad, which is known for its pastel-coloured, gingerbread-house style architecture. A number of projects are currently proceeding to innovatively transform the look of various areas across town, including: More than £6 million will be invested to build a National Historic Centre that will house a collection of artefacts and data about Aruba’s history. The centre will complete the current cluster of historical Government buildings, which will surround a common plaza area. The busiest section of L.G. Smith Boulevard, Oranjestad’s main artery, will also get a revamp: it will become pedestrianised, creatin...

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