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Address: No.1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road,Danshuei District, Xinbei 25158, Taiwan
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+886 2 2623 1001
09:30 - 18:00
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 17:00
Sat - Sun 09:30 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Fort San Domingo, located on the hilltop overlooking Tamsui River estuary,...

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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Underappreciated historic site

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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 original structure is left but the storyline is fascinating.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

San Domingo! Spanish name? yes! And that's it for the Spaniards. Their original and mainly wooden fort built in 1629 was taken down. It was replaced by a stone and wood structure in1636 which they tore down. The Dutch then built Fort Antonio on the same spot. - So it is upon the base of St. Antonio that we have... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

if in Tamsui walk the extra kilometer to the Fort Santo Domingo and take in the history of the Portugese and their occupation of the river mouth area.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Had to pay 80twd to get into here.. require walking if u may wish to note.. pretty interesting visit if u are into history.. and some pretty nice building to take as a backdrop for your wedding photos(a couple in wedding suits did)..

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

It is very good location to watch the sunset. They close at 17:00 during off season, so I had to be hurry to look around. From the Dansui metro station, took a bus and it takes less than 15 min. If you walk, maybe max 30 min away from the staiton. There is small but several stories museum where you... More 

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Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Fort Santo Domingo forms part of an historical precint down near the river mouth. It is a hike from the MRT station and you need to stay hydrated on a hot day but the views and the historical context of the fort gives an insight into the early dyas when foreign countries such as Portugal and England made there mark... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Feels like 9 minutes too many. This is a major disappointment. It's an average looking building with some photos inside. Give it a miss.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Various foregn powers occupied Fort Santo Domingo. It was once a British consulate. It is open occcasionally, check for opening hours. The Fort is not far out of Dahshui.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

This is a nice stop when visiting Tamsui. We walked all the way from the Train Station. It was a bit of a trek but there's a lot to keep you busy along the way. The Fort itself was being renovated in cladded when we visited but the grounds were beautiful. The British Consul General's residence is just adjacent to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016

Tamsui is a highlight of Taipei, a fun day tip. All of the sights are close to each other and easy to reach. This is one of Tamsui's most famed sights. The building is beautiful and you can go inside as well.

Thank Calvin C

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