The Cathedral of Thorns

The Cathedral of Thorns is a full building-sized illuminated labyrinth on the Caribbean island of Curaçao. Visitors are invited to walk through its corridors and experience an artistic journey through a troublesome history toward a bright future; both sides represented by the hostile yet beautiful thorns. To raise consciousness of the similarities between religions, the design includes symbols of today's world religions and ancient nature-based religions. The walls have niches containing objects of contemporary art by guest artists, expressing mankind's ability to change, share and collaborate through creativity. In addition, the labyrinth also functions as a stage for performances. The Cathedral of Thorns was designed by Herman van Bergen, winner of the prestigious Cola Debrot Award in 2016, and was constructed by unemployed youth. This work of art (in progress) unites all themes of Van Bergen's previous thorn-art sculptures into one expansive project: a building honoring Mother Nature and the Free Spirit that achieves change through creativity.


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Cathedral of Thorns at Night, a magical evening of art underneath the stars


The Cathedral of Thorns by Herman van Bergen will from now on be open to visitors every first Friday of the month from 19.00hr. Cathedral of Thorns by night is an unique evening in which the cathedral is fully lit and guided tours by the artist himself take place. Herman van Bergen has won the CODAaward 2020 in the landscape category with his Cathedral of Thorns. The CODAawards is an annual international prize for project that best integrate commissioned art into interiors, architecture or public spaces. This piece of art unifies all the themes of Van Bergen’s earlier thorn sculptures into one project: a building to honor Mother Nature and the Free Spirit that brings about change through creativity.

“During these evenings, both local and tourists can take a look at the cathedral which is completely made up of thorns. For the occasion, the cathedral is beautifully lit and the artist himself, Herman van Bergen, gives a guided tour. Every visitor will have the opportunity to meet Herman personally and ask him questions about the cathedral and its creation. It is also the best time to take beautiful pictures of the cathedral. The beauty of the cathedral is captured by the use of lighting, creating a magical effect. The Zumpiña shop will also be open on this evening. The shop is the perfect place to buy an unique gift or a beautiful piece of art for your home or office” Says Daisy Casimiric.

The first evening will take place on Friday 6th of August and the ticket sale will start at 19.00hr. The performance and tour will take place from 19.30hr to 21.00hr. entry for locals with sedula is Nafl. 25,- and US$25,- for tourists.

Presale tickets are available at The Zumpiña Shop (on the premises of Landhuis Bloemhof) & at Landhuis Bloemhof during the day (9 am – 12 pm) or at / app: +59995266349

Ticket sale at the door: August 6, at The Zumpiña Shop from 7 pm.

Entrance August 6, from 7 pm. Santa Rosaweg #10 (Number TEN)

Cathedral of Thorns by night – 2 July 2021

The Cathedral of Thorns by Night
July 2, 2021
The illuminated Cathedral of Thorns by night
  • Short documentary ‘The Making of the Cathedral of Thorns’ by Caribbean Legacy
  • Art exhibition by local and international artists inside the Cathedral
  • Experience the Cathedral of Thorns together with the artist Herman Van Bergen
Adult USD 25.00 // Children (6 – 12 yrs) USD 15.00
Resident rates available with local ID.
Make your reservations @ or Whatsapp: +5999 526 63 49.
Tickets are available at The Cathedral of Thorns July 2, at the door from 6.30 pm.
The event only takes place with a minimum of 15 people.
Duration ± 1 hour
Refreshments and local snacks available for purchase
Entrance Santa Rosaweg # 10 (Number TEN).
Landhuis Bloemhof

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We are building this Cathedral of Thorns with the help of many companies.