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Alto Vista Chapel, Noord

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#2 of 13 in Historic Sites in Aruba
Visit a small but storied place of worship at Alto Vista Chapel. Originally consecrated in 1750, the chapel was central to the mission of Domingo Silvestre, a Venezuelan missionary. Rebuilt on numerous occasions after extreme weather or abandonment, the modern-day chapel was completed in 1952 and displays a quirky neo-colonial architectural style, with a bright yellow exterior and tapering walls. Take a step inside to admire the hand-carved altar, a neo-gothic artwork created in 1870. The surrounding desert landscape of cactuses and sand frames the chapel, giving it the air of a refuge from the harsh conditions. Use our Noord trip itinerary planning app to add Alto Vista Chapel and other attractions to your Noord vacation plans.
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  • Nice photo opportunities as you approach. I was disappointed by the lack of historical information at the chapel. Surprised to see the candles burning near the altar, and to see people praying in the ...  more »
  • Aruba is extremely skimpy on real attractions. So any exhibit of interest. This time-Alto Vista Chapel. In our time it was opened. So we stopped, did a photo and have gone further.
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  • Located rather far away from the places inhabited.-very neatly presented-it provides beautiful views in all directions.
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  • What a neat little chapel on top on the world. You will enjoy a quick visit to the chapel. Take a UTV or bus tour there and make sure you walk around the perimeter a bit too.
  • Beautiful natural church . Mountain biked from Marriot hills and wind all the way up but worth the effort! Cool bike trails small enough so off road cannot access ! Do it by bike challenge yourself!
  • This was a great place to visit in Aruba. Beautiful little church very small instbut lots of seats outside. Services are here on Tuesday at 5:30 but confirm before going. The history of this chapel is great. As driving towards it stations of the cross are on the road and when leaving the our father is on the opposite side on many different signs. Go in the morning when the best souvenirs are available.
  • Must see place. Historical. Gorgeous view.
  • There was something almost magical about this tiny (and active) Catholic chapel in the middle of nowhere.

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