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Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress

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Address: Estrada General Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Jurujuba, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24370-375, Brazil
Phone Number: +55 21 2710 2354
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An old fortress and a amazing view.

A amazing view and a good place to go, but the tour is made with a guide soldier. You will see an old prisional. 0

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

A amazing view and a good place to go, but the tour is made with a guide soldier. You will see an old prisional. 0

Thank Joao J
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The fort is quite amazing but the tour is made in a guided tour and it is only in Portuguese so we couldn't understand . We tried to just walk and view the fort but we're not allowed so we left. Bit disappointed.

Thank bretthyslop
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views are amazing, the tour done by the army was excellent (only in Portuguese that a friend translated). The fort has unbelievable views of Rio. We went in the evening and the sunset was brilliant. This is not publicised enough, it cost 10 Reals and was amazing. The drive to the fort is spectacular and goes thru some fishing... More 

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Niteroi, Brazil
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a fortress from the early 16 century. From here the Portuguese could stop invaders from the sea to get into the Guanabara Bay. The fortress is running by the Brazilian Army and although the guides (soldiers) are nice and know well the history, is difficult for non-Portuguese-speaking tourist to follow. It´s a lovely view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

Beatufil view , easy accses, the guide explain averything, you can see shugar loaf, the closest point from niteroi to rio de janeiro, becase The indiano Arariboia(Niteroi founder) was swim tru the bay Guanabara. take a camera to do photosessions. Sometimes you can seee wedding cerimony there becase, there are one old restaurand wich is tree incide. Very beautiful weeding... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016 via mobile

We went to the fort in a couple of occasions, one the hard way and the second by car. The hard way is to take public transportation and then walk three miles or so, in our case under a scorching sun and 95% + of humidity. A great piece of history can be appreciated from here. The view of Rio... More 

2 Thank Mario V
Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2016

If you are going to Rio and don't mind crossing the bridge and visit Niteroi, as long as its not raining and its daytime, go and visit this Fortress. They offer a guided visit (in Portuguese) to the Fortress, which is active until today. You won't visit the barracks or anything like that, only the historical part with the cannons... More 

1 Thank Adrianors
Niteroi, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I owens let my guests to know this place when in first time in Niterói. This is a militar quarter, then you must have car and at entrance you must show your documents for a soldier. Inside you find commerce for coolers and restaurant.

1 Thank Carlos B
Niteroi, RJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

It´s a good place to have a view from the entrance off the Baia da Guanabara. The ships come closer to the fortress and it´s available a guided visit in the fortress.

Thank Ken W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2015 via mobile

Very nice and relaxing place. Nature is beautiful and so is the cultural and historical heritage. You can seat by the sea for hours and and relax. Very good and positive vibrations. I reccomend visiting.

Thank Katarina D

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