More than 50 Churches dot the map of Aruba with a population of just 105,000. Although the predominant religion on the island is Roman Catholic, many other religions are also practiced and have their own places of worship and relative services.
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The Chapel of Alto Vista which means highest view is one of Aruba’s most precious landmarks. Because of its high elevation and location, the Alto Vista Church is the pew for both the sunrise and the sunset exuding tranquility on its dramatic setting above the sea. The chapel was the island's first Roman Catholic Church, built in 1750 and reconstructed in 1953.
The small, bright yellow chapel is reached by a winding road lined with white crosses marking the Stations of the Cross. For local Arubans especially, it is a special place for peace and contemplation. Santa Ana is a Roman Catholic Church situated in Noord, very close to the tourist areas. When it was constructed in 1776, Santa Ana church represented the island's second most important religious meeting place, the first being Alto Vista Chapel.
The church was rebuilt two times, once in 1831 and again in 1886 and major repairs were made in 2012 after damage from a storm. Today, the church is most famous for its solid oak, hand-carved altar, a work of art accomplished in classic neo-gothic design. The alter won an exhibition award in Rome in 1870, and was later given to Santa Ana Church by the Antonius church in Scheveningen, the Netherlands.