National Landmark

Franciscan Missions in the Sierra Gorda of Querétaro, World Heritage Site (Mexico)

The five Franciscan missions of Sierra Gorda were built during the last phase of the conversion to Christianity of the interior of Mexico in the mid-18th century. The richly decorated church facades represent the joint creative efforts of the missionaries and the indigenous people of the Americas.

Historic Area of Willemstad, Inner City and Harbor, Curaçao: World Heritage Site

The people of the Netherlands established a trading settlement at a natural harbor on the island of Curaçao in 1634. The architecture of Willemstad has been influenced not only by Dutch colonial concepts but also by the tropical climate and architectural styles from towns throughout the Caribbean region.

Historic Center of Oaxaca and Archaeological Site of Monte Albán, World Heritage Site (Mexico)

Inhabited over a period of 1,500 years by a succession of peoples — the terraces, dams, canals, pyramids and artificial mounds of Monte Albán are the symbols of a sacred topography. The nearby city of Oaxaca, which is built on a grid pattern, is an example of Spanish colonial town planning.