Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia

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Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia

Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia
4.5
Speciality Museums • Historic Sites
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:45 PM
About
Housed in Fort Santo Antonio da Barra, a fine exemple of 16thcentury portuguese military architecture, that is the site of Santo Antônio Lighthouse, better known as the "Farol da Barra", the first beacon for shipping in the Americas, the Museu Náutico da Bahia (Maritime Museum of Bahia) contains a rich collection that reflects Brazil's seafaring history, particularly of colonial period. Housed in the Museum you will find a significant numbers of archeological treasures retrieved from the undersea site of the Portuguese Galleon "Santíssimo Sacramento", sank off the coast of the city of Salvador in 1668. Open Tue-Sun 9.00am-6pm (all days in January and July).
Suggested duration
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Edward D.
Lucena, PB2,898 contributions
May 2021
Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra is a fort located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It was constructed to guard the entrance to the Bay of All Saints (Bahia de todos os Santos), during the time of the Portuguese Empire. The first Portuguese fortification erected in Bahia was likely built in 1501, on the same area now occupied by the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra. The foundation stone of that first fortification was placed in an area called Ponta do Padrão, now known as the Largo do Farol da Barra, the broad public square in front of the fort. The fort also houses the 22 meter (72 ft)-high Barra Lighthouse and the Nautical Museum of Bahia. The Santo Antônio da Barra Fort is protected as a historic structure by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage.
Written June 1, 2021
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MelBr75
Curitiba, PR1,754 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
This is and old lighthouse is one of Salvador’s historical landmarks. Located in the Santo Antônio Fort, at the Barra Beach, and is one of the main hallmarks of Bahia’s capital city. With a breathtaking view of Baía de Todos os Santos, the Lighthouse is a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the sea.
Written January 8, 2020
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ElisabethSoares
Rio de Janeiro, RJ1,487 contributions
Sep 2011 • Family
The current Forte Santo Antonio da Barra is one of the oldest military fortifications of Bahia, built in 1598. Known simply as Farol da Barra for its lighthouse, the fort houses a small nautical museum, which contains maps, navigation equipments, and maquettes of old Portuguese and Spanish ships.
Written June 30, 2012
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mr_selo
Vienna, Austria151 contributions
Oct 2015 • Couples
The museum itself is nothing special, showing a bit of naval history. Interesting but nothing special. However the lighthouse itself is a beautiful building and the view is great.
Written June 26, 2016
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WCOB
Paekakariki, New Zealand373 contributions
Aug 2019
The entry fee is a very cheap 15 Reals and offers great views od the area from the top of the lighthouse. There are plenty of nautical displays from the early Portuguese saefarers days. The displays are labled in both Portuguese and English which is helpful.
Written September 22, 2019
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Dear WCOB, we are grateful for your visit and avaliation. The view from the up of the lighthouse is really grandious,it breaks our breath by the beauty. The maritime history of Brasil is planty of facts, courage, and heroes. We expect receive you other times. Thank you and happyness.
Written October 31, 2019
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Pepperjackm
Texas1,276 contributions
Feb 2017 • Couples
Since we lived across the street we looked and saw the grounds and the lighthouse for almost 3 weeks, the museum was cheap, and if you go before sunset it's a great sunset watching place as well as a fun place, the lighthouse.
The exhibit is not an after thought, well done, good signage, nice exhibits, take lots of pictures, no flash allowed.
Written February 10, 2017
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Daniel S
London, UK75 contributions
Dec 2016 • Solo
Nice little attraction with a bit of shade inside and cafe. Climb the lighthouse for a 2-direction view of the adjacent bays.
Written January 11, 2017
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vivthetraveller
London, UK267 contributions
Jul 2016 • Solo
This museum gives a lot of historical information as well as many interesting artefacts. Very well set out and interesting for about an hour
Written July 17, 2016
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dIE_wIth_mEmOrIEs_nOt_DrEAms
Hong Kong, China1,677 contributions
May 2016 • Solo
If you like cultural things then this place should be om ur list. Its an old fortess n lighthouse converted to small nautical museum. Then there is beach nearby where one can have a good time. Be sure not to go late at this place as things get naughty behind the fort with local couples.
Written May 12, 2016
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LeanneCM
Playa del Carmen, Mexico205 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
As with most lighthouses, the location is lovely, right on the corner with beautiful views of the sea. Stop in if you're in the area but don't make a special trip. Visitors are permitted to climb the stairs and enjoy the breeze at the top. The museum features small samplings of artifacts such as pieces from a shipwreck, antique navigation and lighting equipment, and a nautical history in bottles.
Written February 5, 2016
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