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27 Sep

Old Protestant Church, Oranjestad, Aruba

Old Protestant Church Oranjestad Aruba

Old Protestant Church Far Oranjestad Aruba

Oranjestad’s Protestant Church, built in 1846, is Aruba’s oldest house of worship, which is surprising because it looks so modern with the gleaming white tower.

26 Sep

Royal Plaza (Pink Building), Oranjestad, Aruba

Royal Plaza Oranjestad Aruba

Royal Plaza Flags Pink Building Oranjestad Aruba

Royal Plaza Staircase Pink Building Oranjestad Aruba

Royal Plaza Staircase Pink Building Aruba Flag Oranjestad ArubaOne of the most photographed buildings in Oranjestad is the Royal Plaza. This huge pink building is a shopping center.

25 Sep

California Lighthouse, Hudishibana, Aruba

California Lighthouse Hudishibana Aruba

California Lighthouse From Distance Hudishibana Aruba

California Lighthouse Sign Hudishibana Aruba

(As per sign found at California Lighthouse)

California Lighthouse

Named for the U.S. ship California, which sank in 1908 2 years before its construction. The edifice today stands as a site for Aruba’s exhilarating brilliant sunsets and sweeping views of the western coastline beaches, sand dunes, and rocky coral shores.

Plaque History Of California Lighthouse Hudishibana Aruba

(As per plaque found at California Lighthouse)

History Of California Lighthouse

Built during the years 1945, 1915 and 1916, the California Lighthouse is located at the northernmost point of the island of Aruba.

The tower of this magnificent master piece is made of stone blocks that were hewn right here and is 100 feet high. The metal top of the lighthouse, which contains the light that sets a romantic setting, is 25 feet in diameter.

Although standing on a hill called Hudishibana, the lighthouse is called California Lighthouse.

This point of the island, called California, is named after a vessel that shipwrecked at the coast near Aruba’s northernmost point. The ship “California” was traveling from Liverpool to Central America with passengers, merchandise, provisions, clothes and furniture.

Ironically, when the ship hit the coast, at midnight sharp, the passengers were partying on board. It was not until daybreak that the inhabitants of Aruba saw and understood what had happened.

The crew of the California had thrown much of their cargo overboard when the boat hit the coast. This meant that everybody was able to salvage the merchandise out of the water, and take it to Oranjestad to sell.

The restaurant you are now standing at used to be the dwellings of the lighthouse keepers.

The first lighthouse keeper was a young man from Curacao called Jacob Jacobs. He learned the profession of lighthouse keeper at a lighthouse on the islet of Klein Curacao. The last person to watch over the California Lighthouse was Federico Fingal from Aruba.

Source: National Library of Aruba

Mrs. Anna Krozendijk-De Cuba

A special thanks goes to the governments of The Netherlands and Aruba and Sun Development Company for conserving this monument.

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