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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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Nice old fort and consulate

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jack H
Taipei, Taiwan
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Taipei, Taiwan
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Thank Jack H
Melaka, Malaysia
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Reviewed 12 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 position of this fort is on the hill. Therefore, we can see the beautiful views... More 

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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 original structure is left but the storyline is fascinating.

Thank Warren H
Hong Kong, China
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

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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Greater Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 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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Singapore, Singapore
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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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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 

Thank Hee_Sung_K
Kaohsiung, Taiwan
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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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Bangkok, Thailand
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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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Melbourne, Australia
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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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