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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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Worth visiting as city site seeing

Don't expect a fort or castle with good views and tourist facilities. The fort part of the governmental buildings. You can walk around it and visit the middle. Have a look at the... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 December 2013
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The Netherlands
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79 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2013

Don't expect a fort or castle with good views and tourist facilities. The fort part of the governmental buildings. You can walk around it and visit the middle. Have a look at the ramparts with the canon and the plaques, they tell the history of the fort.

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Thank Souterrains
Tampa, Florida, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2013

Because we are history buffs we thrilled to learn about the Fort Amsterdam. It was very interesting and informative.

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Laval, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

What is there to see? The outside of the buildings now used by the government... Since it's beside the pontoon bridge you can go through the arch leading to the interior parking lot.

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Great fort - more for the views than the history, since the interior is now an outdoor shopping mall, but the views of the ocean were terrific - also, walk the pontoon bridge, it was way kewl!

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2013

This is an old fort that I didn't even notice on the hill. Our friends took us there to see the whole island. What a view in all directions. And the overlook of Williamsted is spectacular. There is a gift shop and dinning there but it was closed. We were there late on a Sunday afternoon.

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Thank jim c
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2013

Nice place. Also an area with a few speialized reswtaurants with a very refreshing breeze (so no mosquito's!!!)

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Whitehorse, Canada
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2013

this was written up as a "must see" once I got in the court yard, it was not very well marked ... very exciting piece of heritage, poorly promoted. Not very well attended when I was there, based on the amount of people touring the city that day.

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Kenosha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2013

Built in 1635 on the point (Punda) of the eastern finger of land at the harbor entrance it was the most important of Curaçao's eight forts, and is included in UNESCO's list of World Heritage sites. Embedded in its southwest wall is a cannonball fired by Captain Bligh's troops.

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Charlotte NC
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2013

Nice little detour when you cross the Queen Emma Bridge. Turn right at the waterfront and enter through an arch on the left. The facade of the yellow colored Governor's Palace is nice. On the inside there are mainly other government office buildings but the open courtyard is a nice walk.

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Willemstad, Curacao
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2012

When you walk on the big walls you can almost touch the big ships coming in to Willemstad. Intregrated in this fort is the Place Hotel. 2 minutes walk from Downtown Willemstad.

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