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Fort Amsterdam

Punda, Willemstad, Curacao
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Ranked #28 of 35 Attractions in Willemstad
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites
Activities: City walk sightseeing
Description: The island's principal fortress today serves as the seat of government.
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Connecticut
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635 reviews 635 reviews
338 attraction reviews
704 helpful votes 704 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

As we crossed the swinging bridge into the Punda section, the Governor's Building and Fort Amsterdam were just a block away to the right. There was a narrow street that led us inside the Fort area. Here, we found the Fort Church at the opposite end of the Fort. It is the oldest church on the island. Admission for the... More

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Columbia, South Carolina
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369 reviews 369 reviews
297 attraction reviews
258 helpful votes 258 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

this old fort is good for photos. not a lot to see. Still, it has a stunning look. worth a quick looksie while walking around.

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Orangeville, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
18 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

There is not much to doo here aside from a quick picture. We decided to walk around the building but did not see much aside from a parking lot and some shops.

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Toronto, Canada
2 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

If downtown go see but what an opportunity missed, this place (Curacao) really has no identity, way to westernized

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Near Oxford
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
290 helpful votes 290 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

The fort, and associated church, are really let down by it being a series of offices and a car park. What could be a major attraction for Willemstad makes you feel as if you are in the wrong place.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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98 reviews 98 reviews
60 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

A great day and pace for understanding and enjoying the history of this site. Love the pastel colors of the city.

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

Fort Amsterdam houses all three parts of the government of this Island of the Dutch Kingdom: Parliament, Government and Governor, plus a chapel for all of them to worship. Though it has a military past, it looks now intriguing and welcoming with its colourful walls lining an inner plaza and a spacious square outside. It is a good start for... More

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The Netherlands
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52 reviews 52 reviews
35 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Don't expect a fort or castle with good views and tourist facilities. The fort part of the governmental buildings. You can walk around it and visit the middle. Have a look at the ramparts with the canon and the plaques, they tell the history of the fort.

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Tampa, Florida, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013

Because we are history buffs we thrilled to learn about the Fort Amsterdam. It was very interesting and informative.

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Laval, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

What is there to see? The outside of the buildings now used by the government... Since it's beside the pontoon bridge you can go through the arch leading to the interior parking lot.

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