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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra

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Address: Estrada Gen Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Baia De Guanabara, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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great history lesson by the sea

Very professional guide with excellent knowledge, stunning fort and scenery. My wife and I caught the ferry over to niteroi from downtown Rio (praça 15) and then a bus which... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Very professional guide with excellent knowledge, stunning fort and scenery. My wife and I caught the ferry over to niteroi from downtown Rio (praça 15) and then a bus which dropped us off at the last beach before the fort. We walked a further couple of KM after this so would recommend getting a taxi from niteroi to take you... More 

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Temse, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

certainly an experience, passing military checkpoints to visit. but you are rewarded with amazing vieuws of the ocean and rio. sugar loaf from the other side. no mass tourism either

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Simply the best fortress in Brazil. They have guided tour, in Portuguese, and the the view is amazing. Also, the building is very well maintained. Very strongly recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The view of the entrance to Guanabara Bay is really unforgettable! Sugar Loaf Mountain on one side, Santa Cruz Fortress on the other, the vast Atlantic Ocean, the constant wind, the sunshine on your head will altogether make this visit special . If you are visiting Rio de Janeiro, you must extend your visit to Niteroi and include Santa Cruz... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

The fort is historic place in Niteroi. In 1555 started the history. You ll have beautiful view of Rio de Janeiro city in especial the mountains who Pão de Açucar and Cristo Redentor.

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Brampton, Canada
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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

It's free to visit the place and the navy ship is open for visit. It's interesting for those who have not been to any military site. There is a helicopter and some good souvenirs too.

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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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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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Address: Address: Estrada Gen Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Baia De Guanabara, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Location: South America  >  Brazil  >  State of Rio de Janeiro (RJ)  >  Niteroi

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