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Address: Punda, Willemstad, Curacao
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The island's principal fortress today serves as the seat of government.

The island's principal fortress today serves as the seat of government.

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Fort facade

It's really remnants of a fort with some shops and plazas, not nearly as nice is Riffort across the water.

3 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2015
Les L

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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a great time all around the island, saw kids selling iguana meat by the side of the road as we drove around.

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Thank JDBAR2014
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891 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

It's really remnants of a fort with some shops and plazas, not nearly as nice is Riffort across the water.

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Thank Les L
King, North Carolina
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Good Historical spot. Good photo ops but not much else here. Still it's not much out of the way, so stop by and snap some good Facebook photo's.

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Thank Figwell
Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015 via mobile

I love the look of the building but at the end of the day it seemed like more of a fancy facade for a parking lot. Good for a quick visit but plenty of other things to see and do in Punda.

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Thank Anthony B
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569 reviews
351 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 286 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Located at the channel entrance on the Punda side, Fort Amsterdam originally built in the 1630 was built to protect Anna Bay. Originally built with 4 bastions, 10' thick walls and heavy weapons, it is now used as Government Offices. It is an impressive building from the outside, although bring a wide-angle lens for good pictures. The inner courtyard had... More 

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1 Thank Raffles T
El Salvador
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18 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

It is a great old building somewhat overshadowed by the beautiful panorama of the fort, the bridge, the bay and in the distance the cruise ships that arrive

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Thank dino801
Toronto, Canada
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791 reviews
339 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

This old Fort from the Dutch colonial days is still in use which is nice because you have many of the government administrative functions of the island being done here. Re-purposing a building is effective way to protect heritage sites and I think this is worth a quick visit if you're in the area.

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1 Thank James A
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3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful architecture. Too bad it seems more of an external experience than internal one. The area is surrounded by very overpriced and cookie cutter jewelry & souvenir stores.

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1 Thank Kelsey M
DeWitt, Michigan
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308 reviews
185 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 199 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

I love history and visiting forts but I was a little disappointed in this fort. The entire center of the fort is a parking lot packed with cars. It is difficult to get a nice photo of the Fort Church or Governor’s Palace. There is a $5 admission to go inside the Fort Church. That being said, the fort is... More 

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1 Thank Denice S
London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Again, if you like old buildings, history, cannons and have a good imagination, visit the forts of Curacao, of which there are quite a number. I was not inspired.... but then I am not an aficinado of forts, fortresses, castles, turrets, spooky places, Dracula..... get my drift....

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