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Fort San Domingo

No.1, Lane 28, Zhongzheng Road,Danshuei District, New Taipei 25158, Taiwan
+886 2 2623 1001
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Fort San Domingo / Ang Mo Fort / Tamsui Former British Consulate

Tamsui Former British Consulate (前淡水英國領事館) is located in Tamsui about 20 km (12.4 mi) from Taipei... read more

Reviewed February 24, 2018
jameshuang
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Taipei, Taiwan
Historic place but nothing interesting

I was visiting Tamsui and decided to visit the fort. They charge an entrance fee. I was hoping... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
RLmEC
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Singapore, Singapore
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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, New Taipei 25158, Taiwan
Tamsui / Bali District
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Reviewed February 24, 2018

Tamsui Former British Consulate (前淡水英國領事館) is located in Tamsui about 20 km (12.4 mi) from Taipei Station. The history can traced back to 1628 when the Spanish occupied northern Taiwan and built a wooden fort, Fort San Domingo (聖多明哥堡), at the hilltop overlooking Tamsui River....More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

I was visiting Tamsui and decided to visit the fort. They charge an entrance fee. I was hoping to see something interesting, but turns out most of the displays are things you have to read; lots of texts. Didn't see any artifacts. While the stuff...More

Thank RLmEC
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Reviewed December 11, 2017

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

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Reviewed November 18, 2017

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.

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Reviewed October 28, 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

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Reviewed October 28, 2017

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

Thank bennyvectra
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Reviewed October 5, 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
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Reviewed August 28, 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

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

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

Thank Susan R
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Reviewed April 23, 2017 via mobile

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

Thank Jack H
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by strolling or cruising through on a bike. Besides
the bustling business district, Tamsui is also full of
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