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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra

Jurujuba, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ranked #4 of 59 attractions in Niteroi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Traveler Description: The Fortaleza de Santa Cruz de Barra has its origin in 1555 with the installation of two cannons in a rudimentary fort.  Located at the tip of the... more »
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Brampton, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

This fortress is well worth the visit if you are in Rio. Parts of it are an operational military base, so photos are restricted to the "tourist" side. Views of Rio are excellent, and the fortress has many interesting points of interest, including the lighthouse, the jail, the chapel, and the artillery.

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Anna Bay, Australia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014 via mobile

A trip to Fortaleza de Santa Cruz calls for the best part of the day if you really want to experience the area. I didn't read any reviews before I went and glad I didn't. It was a quick ferry ride to Charitas from Praca XV then we grabbed a taxi (17 reais). We did the tour which was done... More

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Nice destination with great views. Unfortunately the guide only in Portuguese. I imagine the history to be interesting.

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Los Angeles, California, USA
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116 reviews 116 reviews
45 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Fortaleza de Santa Cruz has beautiful views which (maybe) is worth the trip. But get ready for the boring guide (at least the one I had) who sped through the memorized explanation like no other. You are better off visiting Forte de Sao Luiz where the views are way better.

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Niteroi, RJ
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Santa Cruz is a superb fortress in the entrance of Guanabara Bay. Some parts of it were made of sand and whale oil. The visitor will have a magnifent view of Rio de Janeiro. The monument also has several attractions, with many historical facts related to the last five centuries. There's another fortress, newer than Santa Cruz, on the top... More

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Stuttgart, Germany
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The views are great but there is always a guide with you that doesn't give you enough time to enjoy the beauty of the Sugar Loaf Mountain and the Guanabara Bay.

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Brazil
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

The Fortress of Santa Cruz is located on the other side of the entrance of Guanabara Bay, in opposition to the Sugar Loaf, and Urca and Leme neighborhoods in Rio de Janeiro City. Fortress has a wonderful view of Rio de Janeiro and the beaches of Niteroi (Icaraí and Boa Viagem). The Fortress has service guided tour that tells the... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

Good place to imagine the Brazilian History which happened in this waters. You have a different perspective of the city of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. Nice place to visit.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

An informative tour whilst walking around the fort. The views in all directions means you can't put your camera down.

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San Francisco, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2013

Just got back from a visit to the fort this afternoon. The views were, as everyone else wrote, were stunning. And the history of the site is not lost on me. But a few things to be aware of before you go. (I'll admit I didn't read all of the reviews here very carefully so I prob missed a few... More

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