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Fort Santo Domingo

No.1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road,Danshuei District, Xinbei, Taiwan
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Ranked #17 of 378 Attractions in Xinbei
Type: Historic Sites, Lookouts, Museums
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Shanghai, China
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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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148 reviews 148 reviews
64 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
30 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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103 reviews 103 reviews
42 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Singapore, Singapore
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

Good place for photo taking. Like the red brick building, making it looks good for photos. The place shows a different side of Danshui and makes a good walk.

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Hong Kong, China
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67 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2012 via mobile

This is one of the big attractions but its diminutive in size in comparison to other similarly fabled and legendary architecture. Instead of taking these group of buildings on your own, better to take in as a whole including the church by the Old Street as well as the other red brick buildings. That said, it did make for a... More

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Taichung, Taiwan
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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2012

a great walk around historical grounds. go around the back--sometimes there are performers on the weekends.

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2011

I went here with volunteer guides from Taiwan Tourism's "Visit Taiwan, Follow Me," as part of their foreign visitors' public service during the Flora Expo. The Fort is located uphill, and has a great view of the Danshui River, and thus, a perfect spot to view the sunset. If you like history, you'll like this place. If not, you might... More

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