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Fortaleza de Santa Cruz da Barra

Address: Estrada Gen Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Baia De Guanabara, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ranked #3 of 64 things to do in Niteroi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Military museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Military museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks

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Temse, Belgium
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

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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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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120 reviews 120 reviews
88 attraction reviews
182 helpful votes 182 helpful votes
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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Johannesburg, South Africa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
59 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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