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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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Good Photo ops

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.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
King, North Carolina

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
King, North Carolina
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34 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 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.

Thank Figwell
Charlotte, North Carolina
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29 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

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.

Thank Anthony B
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510 reviews
322 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 254 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 

Thank Raffles T
El Salvador
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14 reviews
10 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

Thank dino801
Toronto, Canada
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739 reviews
312 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 244 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.

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

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.

1 Thank Kelsey M
DeWitt, Michigan
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301 reviews
180 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 187 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 

1 Thank Denice S
London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 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....

Thank 828wisetraveller
New York City, New York
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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.

Thank MJA714
Hastings, United Kingdom
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545 reviews
236 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 389 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 

1 Thank badmintontim

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