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Fort San Domingo

No.1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road,Danshuei District, Xinbei 25158, Taiwan
+886 2 2623 1001
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A piece of history with a good view

We had a chance to visit this historic place that now functions more as a museum. It is well... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Keith B
Mandaluyong, Philippines
Nothing much

If you're in Tamsui, then you visit this because you might not have other things to do. This is... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Davao City, Philippines
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Fort San Domingo, located on the hilltop overlooking Tamsui River estuary, was established by the Spanish in 1628. It was torn down by the Spanish before they were expelled from Tamsui by the Dutch in 1642. The Dutch then built Fort Antonio near the ruins of Fort San Domingo. Since the local inhabitants in Tamsui at the time referred to the Dutch as "red hair savages," the fort was nicknamed "Hong Mao Chen," meaning the "Red Hair Fortress." In reference to the early Spanish occupation, we now use the original Spanish name Fort San Domingo to represent the historic site, although the actual castle we see today is the Dutch fortress Fort Antonio. Fort Antonio is a two story cube-shaped building, measuring 15.25 meters on all four sides while standing 13 meters tall. The deep foundation, thick walls, and mix of stones and bricks provide the fort with strong and effective fortification. Following the Opium War, the British government leased the fort from the Qing government for their consulate. Modifications were made accordingly for consular business. To accommodate the needs of the consul's family, the consular residence was then built on the eastern side of the fort. This Victorian building was constructed with red bricks and features verandas as well as a four-sided steep roof, providing a warm and delicate atmosphere. The fusion and influence of Dutch and British architecture has painted the "Green Hill" and surroundings with a unique balanced quality.
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No.1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road,Danshuei District, Xinbei 25158, Taiwan
Tamsui / Bali District
+886 2 2623 1001

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had a chance to visit this historic place that now functions more as a museum. It is well maintained, but still has some of the old feel to it. It is set on a hill overlooking a bay with a nice view across to...More

Thank Keith B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you're in Tamsui, then you visit this because you might not have other things to do. This is just near the station anyway... probably 10-15 minutes walk. The inside are mostly tarpaulins with some information... No much interesting artifacts.

Thank grapegump
Reviewed 28 October 2017

What ever happened to this place? This fort used to have rooms filled with beautiful artifacts from the old days. I remember going to this place just to see them. Now you literally get EMPTY rooms, and rooms filled with furniture that weren't even replica...More

Thank TheFoodCritique
Reviewed 28 October 2017

Average old fort. Nothing much to see. Can skip this place if you have no time. More places around to explore

Thank bennyvectra
Reviewed 5 October 2017

One of the attractions in Tamsui. A bit of a walk from the "old street" though. Very nicely preserved fort. Very picturesque. There's many signage not to sit on the ledge, so be careful!

Thank Yvonne C
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I stayed at a hostel call “On my way hostel” in the near of the Beitou subway (MRT) station. And to get to the Tamsui District from my hostel, it takes only 6 stations with the subway (around 20 minutes). Tamsui is a district famous...More

Thank hollycL6314LE
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Unique historical building to display one of various influences by other countries invaded in Taiwan.

Thank Susan R
Reviewed 23 April 2017 via mobile

Very nice, well preserved historical fort. Beautiful inside and informative displays. Well worth visiting.

Thank Jack H
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Fort San Domingue is located at Tamsui. There are two interesting buildings in this location. The visitors can visit some rooms in both buildings. The first building contains information of the fort history and the second building consists of many pictures of this location. The...More

Thank akadir64
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

The Fort was the witness of Taiwan's history for the past 600 hundred years as it was first built by the Spaniards, then rebuilt and occupied by the Dutch, then the pirate prince, then the Qing dynasty, then Brits and last the Americans. Not much...More

1  Thank Warren H
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