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Fortaleza Santa Cruz Da Barra

Estrada Gen Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Baia De Guanabara, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Ranked #8 of 58 attractions in Niteroi
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Military Museums
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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107 reviews 107 reviews
81 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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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Victoriaville, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

One of the many "Fortes" to protect the entry of the Bay from atackers, the Fortaleza is worth the trip for the view and the history. You can drive to it - from Rio cross the bay using the Rio -Niteroi bridge and drive the coastal beaches until you hit the mlitary road tha leads to the Fortaleza. You will... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013 via mobile

This place is located in Niteroi, a sister-city, 20km from here. It's a nice place to visit, but it's not here. Take the ferryboat on Praça XI and enjoy a 20 min-crossing of the Guanabara Bay. Relaxing trip.

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Rio de Janeiro
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180 reviews 180 reviews
109 attraction reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2013

A bela fortaleza está situada em Niteroi, do outro lado da Ponte Rio-Niterói. Vale a pena visitar Niterói e conhecer este e outros lugares. A fortaleza é um local onde se respira a história do Rio de Janeiro. The beautiful fortress is located in Niteroi, across the Rio-Niterói Bridge. Niteroi is a beautiful city with many attractions. The fortress, besides... More

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Alderley Edge
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107 reviews 107 reviews
58 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2012

Not the sophistication of Portugal but very well located with great views of the ocean - my advice go and have lunch at the Berbigao afterwards so that the overall trip turns into a hit!

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RIO
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

Great day trip, go to the art museum in the morning, eat there (wow) then take a tour of the Fort and photos of Rio...

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Rio de Janeiro
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2012

It is very nice place to visit, the construction is really fantastic and has a great museum. The views of Rio and Sugar Loaf from the Fort Santa Cruz is really special, they have there a nice restaurant and bar. The tour to this part of teh city really make you trip much more interesting.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

The Santa Cruz Fortress was established by Villegaignon in 1555. He had to improvise a fort to defend the "Antarctica France". The fort was taken by Mem de Sá twelve years later. This fortress was expanded and became the main point of the defense of the Guanabara Bay, receiving the name of Nossa Senhora da Guia. Since1632 was called Fortress... More

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Auckland - NZ
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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2011

It should be in your to do list while visiting Niteroi, a beautiful city near Rio de Janeiro. The place is well looked after by the military and you also have a guided tour during your visit. You will then learn a bit about Brazil's history and culture. Don't forget to take your camera with you. You will see fantastic... More

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