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 by night – March 25

Cathedral of thorns by night
March 25, the Curacao Rock band Twilight Zone will perform. The band was formed in the 1970s. At Cathedral of Thorns, the musicians come together again to play old music from the 60s and 70s, under the musical direction of Cedric Dandare, Eric Calmes on bass and Curacaos’ well-known arranger and musician Harry Moen. Tickets are now only available at Boekhandel Mensings Caminada, Zumina Shop (next to Number TEN) and Landhuis Bloemhof.
For more information app: 0059995266349

Cathedral of Thorns by night – Friday 3th of February

Cathedral of Thorns by night – Friday 3th of February

It’s a love affair between fashion and art!

Zumpiña jewelry is a visually stunning introduction in wearable art. At Cathedral of Thorns by Night, these unique pieces will be on display and you will have the opportunity to get your hands on one. All pieces are one of a kind, designed and hand-made by Dutch visual artist Frouwkje Smit. During the Cathedral of Thorns by Night she will be present to tell more about this wearable art.
The collection is also presented to the royal family during their visit to the cathedral.
Friday 3th of February 2023
Doors open at 7 pm and the event starts at 7.30 pm.
Buy your tickets now!
Tickets are available at Zumpiña Shop (next to Restaurant Number TEN) and Landhuis Bloemhof
Entrance ANG 35.00 / US$ 20.00

Friday 2nd of December: Cathedral of Thorns by Night 

Friday 2nd of December:
Cathedral of Thorns by Night 

Stroll through a fully illuminated Cathedral of Thorns and get carried away by an evening filled with magic, wonder and art.
A unique experience once a month, on the first Friday.
Join the exclusive guided tour with the designer and founder, Herman van Bergen!

Spectacular performances
We are excited to announce that on Friday December 2nd, we will host our next Cathedral of Thorns by Night. This time we will present a
very special experience with performances of: The Vocal Group Popcorn, singing Christmas carols as a warming up for
the Christmas Season. Chispas Latinas with Yumarya Grijt as lead vocals, Roslin Bey percussion, Enrico Henriquez piano, Rhazul Sebelon kuarta, Clifton Daal saxofoon
Russell Soleana & Isoko with his ‘Muzik di Zumbi’, one of the oldest types of music from Curacao! The origin is partly African and partly local.

Part of the proceeds of this evening will be used for the restoration of the Cathedral of Thorns

Cold drinks and finger food
The bar and catering will be hosted by Confetti & Co. Here you can buy the most delicious drinks and finger food to complete this wonderful evening,

Want to join?
Presale tickets are available at The Zumpiña Shop on the premises of Landhuis Bloemhof, at Landhuis Bloemhof and Bookstore Mensings Caminada.
Ticket sale at the Cathedral of Thorns: Friday 2nd of December from 7 pm
Exhibition, tours & entertainment are from 7.30 pm till 10 pm
Entrance ANG 65.00 / US$ 35.00

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Herman van Bergen

Herman van Bergen

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