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Fort Santo Domingo

Address: No.1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road,Danshuei District, Xinbei, Taiwan
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Ranked #17 of 329 Attractions in Xinbei
Type: Historic Sites, Lookouts, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic Sites, Lookouts, Museums, Sights & Landmarks

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Kobe, Japan
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I live in Japan and travel around Asia and Oceania looking for colonial architecture and other interesting relics from the past. This is a great place very near Taipei and a great day trip. I highly recommend it. Lots of Spanish and Dutch history there. Great heritage.

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Laguna Province, Philippines
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55 reviews 55 reviews
29 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

The place offers a very nice view of the Tamsui river. Beautifully maintained grounds with cool breeze gives a very relaxing ambiance. Some old cannons used for defense is on display. Inside the fort buildings are some display of the antique furniture and equipment used before on the site. There is no entrance fee and they have a gift shop... More 

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Boynton Beach, Florida
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417 reviews 417 reviews
256 attraction reviews
250 helpful votes 250 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

A visit to Tamsui would not be complete without a visit to Fort Santo Domingo. Set on a promontory overlooking the Tamsui River the views are incredible. The structure itself is quite unique (for Asia) and stands out in a good way. The grounds are beautifully maintained. The small onsite museum is interesting and informative.

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Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
34 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Free entry with awesome air conditioning!!!! A must in the September heat and humidity!! English translations of the fort's history and some original furniture and fixtures. Some original canons. It's not big like some European forts and you can't spend hours here, maybe an hour and a half if you read everything and go into every room.

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Shanghai, China
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73 reviews 73 reviews
26 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014 via mobile

Quite a long way from the metro station and a bit difficult to find. Entrance is free but it closes at 5pm. If you head for the sunset at Tamsui marina then do stop at Fort Santo Domingo. The exhibition inside is very interesting even if actually you can't visit every building.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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162 reviews 162 reviews
68 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

The fort is interesting enough to stroll through if you are in Tamsui. There is sufficient explanation in English to get a good feel for the history of the place. There was no entry fee.

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Singapore, Singapore
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

The original Fort on this spot was built by the Spanish in 1628 and this land finally returned sovereignty to Taiwan in 1980. Witnessing the cycles of fortune of Formosa & Taiwan through 400 years, this extremely well preserved & scenic historic attraction is a definite must see when visiting Tamsui or even Taiwan, if you were to fully appreciate... More 

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Hoi An
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98 reviews 98 reviews
29 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

We went on a free tour with two student guides, other than them leading the way, we didn't learn much. The fort was great but I would have liked to have a knowledgable guide. I felt I could have gotten a lot more out of the trip.

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Singapore, Singapore
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131 reviews 131 reviews
52 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Formosa means beautiful in Portuguese, and this is what they called Taiwan when they first saw and colonised it. The Fort, bears witness to this period although it has passed through many hands since, and there is an informative historical briefing inside the old buildings, although the chronology is a bit wayward! Set in gardens it makes a good combined... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

A historical site, related to the European influence in the region, starting with the Portuguese, the Dutch and the East Asia trade. And it is in a pleasant location so wonderful for an excursion from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city life. Takes about 30 minutes with MRT from Taipei main staion

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