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History With a View

One of numerous well-maintained colonial-era structures in Willemstad, Fort Nassau stands proudly atop Sablica Hill overlooking the bustling Schottegot reach of the city's harbor. The citadel, originally called Fort Republiek, dates from the late 1700s, but never saw all that much action; it failed to repel an 1807 invasion by the British, who renamed the place Fort George for the short spell they controlled Curacao.

The fortress is impressive enough for its architecture and history, but maybe the chief reason to visit is for the expansive view. There's a restaurant inside from which you can appreciate that vista, which packs its greatest punch around sunset.

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