Monuments of Curaçao


Kas di Pal’i Maishi

Kas di pal’i maishi or kas di yerba, so called by locals because of the roofing material of maize stalks, refers to the traditional Curaçao dwelling, formerly the slave hut. It features a main structure with a rectangular floor plan containing a small living space and a privacy room, a kitchen at a short distance at its rear side, and a connecting roof, a ramada, in between. The walls are constructed of wattle and daub mixed with cow dung.
A count in 1903 revealed that there were 2850 traditional structures against 80 stone-built dwellings in the western part of the island.
Nowadays, one century later, the kas di pal’i maishi has become a rare piece on the island. The Curaçao Monuments Foundation therefore has reconstructed a traditional hut following traditional building methods at Dokterstuin close to Landhuis Ascension and has turned it into a small museum which displays the customs and the traditional way of living in the old days in rural Curaçao.

Picture Courtesy of Stichting Monumentenzorg Curaçao



What is a Monument?

Immobile properties or mobile object which are:

  • at least fifty years old

  • considered of importance because of its beauty, art value, significance for science, the nation’s history or its value for the traditions and customs of the people.

What can you do with a monument and what not?

An object with a monument status is protected by law and must be preserved. You may not demolish a monument unless a demolition permit has been issued by the government.

Who is responsible for a monument?

The owner is responsible for the proper maintenance of his or her monument.

What is a restoration permit?

With a restoration permit the owner is allowed to make changes to his monument or have it restored. The restoration permit is issued by the government.

Where can you find information and assistance on monuments?

The Monumentenbureau (Monuments Bureau) and the Monumenten-fonds (Monuments Fund) can assist and advise you on all matters concerning monuments.





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