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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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Impressive historic edifice

This is a genuinely interesting interlinked set of building making up Fort Amsterdam all of which seem to be in immaculate condition given their age ie build started circa early... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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Harrow
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I walked into the fort as part of my walking tour of Punda. It looked interesting from the outside and the buildings were worth a photo. But there was nothing interesting or exciting. My viewpoint may have been different if I had a guide who could have explained the history of the place and/or the significance of any of the... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a genuinely interesting interlinked set of building making up Fort Amsterdam all of which seem to be in immaculate condition given their age ie build started circa early 17th century. Real piece of history and free to enter. My particular favourite was the canonball hole still in tact from a British ship in the early part of the... More 

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Thank Steve T
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a museum in part because of its history: after all, when construction began in 1635 the United States had been home to the Pilgrims less than 20 years! However the colonnades around the central courtyard house not only the Governor's Palace - still occupied by the Netherland's nominee - but also that of the Prime Minister. Evidence is clearly... More 

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Thank mccorquinn
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

Well not much to see here, building is interesting, yes, but the historic part is lost. Unfortunate when you consider this is a part of history they will never get back.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

I believe this is the oldest building in Curacao according to the tour guide. Again, was not able to indulge only passed by.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

interesting architecture but though we could (and did) go into the interior courtyard we couldn't really see too much as these are still functioning government offices.

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Thank Nick D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Fort Amsterdam is an interesting building for a short visit. It was built around 1630 to protect St Anna Bay. it had 4 Bastions and thick walls. I believe it is on UNESCO list of world heritage sites. The Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1769 and can be visited for a reasonable fee. Could not get a good photo... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

You are in Willemstad and so is the fort, so it is worth taking a couple of minutes to look around, but that is about it.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

This area is not well promoted but it is an interesting series of connected buildings including the old church. There is little or no signage and details of the history which is a pity. The church was built in 1768 displayed on its wall and that is about it. A short visit is all that is needed.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2016 via mobile

Fort Amsterdam is a historical site where the Curacao parliament gathers for special meetings, but als saw many important, historical figures pass by. Simply amazing architecture!

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