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Centuries-Old Landmark

Fort Amsterdam's among the most striking architectural beacons of Willemstad, a city designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for incredible historical buildings like this one. The fort dates from the 1630s, when the Dutch West India Company installed it as its headquarters on Punda's harbor after driving the British from Curacao.

Old as it is, the fort remains an active structure, housing as it does Curacao's governor and ministry. While you can't go inside the fort's buildings, the beautifully preserved exteriors are worth a look; the historic church, notably, still displays a British cannonball from 1804.

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