Chapel of Alto Vista
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Aruba's Holy Places
Aruba is home to some 115,000 permanent residents from more than 90 different nations. Dozens of churches and other sacred spaces are spread across the island, and while Roman Catholicism predominates, many religions have their own places of worship (most of which are open to the public). The Chapel of Alto Vista is one of Aruba's most important sites, as it was the first permanent Catholic Church, built in 1750. The church's hilltop location provides panoramic views at sunrise and sunset. The altar at St. Ann's Church was built in Rome in 1870 and gifted to Aruba by the Netherlands, and stands as the Caribbean's preeminent neo-Gothic masterpiece. Eastern Jews settled in Aruba in the 1920s, and built the beautiful Beth Israel Synagogue.
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