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

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Well maintained site

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 4, 2015
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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435 reviews 435 reviews
170 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

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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DeWitt, Michigan
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199 reviews 199 reviews
122 attraction reviews
157 helpful votes 157 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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London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
71 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The person there was very informative about the history as well as present day information. She made us feel welcome and gave us individual attention to show us around.

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Hastings, United Kingdom
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208 attraction reviews
362 helpful votes 362 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This 'Fort' has been changed into administration buildings for the town/city and apart from a cannonball stuck in a wall (with an alleged history) there is not much here at all except a quick photo stop. Even the centre of the Fort has been changed into a car park! Curaçao has definitely missed a trick here as reading about the... More 

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Salisbury, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Fun place to see and get to hear the history of the area. love to go back and see it again and stay longer.

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New England
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Fun for a quick stop before shopping. Take the time to notice an old cannon ball that is still stuck in the wall!

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Connecticut
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682 reviews 682 reviews
366 attraction reviews
747 helpful votes 747 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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642 attraction reviews
435 helpful votes 435 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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Address: Address: Punda, Willemstad, Curacao
Location: Caribbean  >  Curacao  >  Willemstad

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