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Willemstad, Curacao | by Stabbur's Master
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Willemstad, Curacao

The Dutch-colonial buildings along Handelskade are some of the most photographed buildings in the Caribbean. And once you've been there to see them, you understand why. With their gables to the street and the bright colors, they are a photographer's dream. Plus, because they face St. Anna Bay, the view toward them is unobstructed.

 

The floating Queen Emma Bridge crossing the bay can be seen. It was built in 1888 and was recently restored.

 

The bridge connects the Punda and Otrobanda quarters of the city.

 

The pontoon bridge is supported by 16 pontoon boats. The bridge is hinged and opens regularly to allow passage of oceangoing vessels. When opening, the bridge swings to the Otrobanda side.

 

Locally, the bridge is known as 'Swinging Old Lady'.

 

The photo was taken from Fort Amsterdam. The fort was built in 1635 by the Dutch West India Company to protect Willemstad harbor. A portion of the fort can be seen to the left.

 

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Taken on November 10, 2018