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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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A bit of history in an old Portuguese Fortress

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2016
Reginaldo B
Niteroi, Brazil
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Niteroi, Brazil
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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 

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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.

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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.

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Hurth, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I went there with my wife and our 3 years old boy. This is the oldest occupied Fortress in America. Since 1555 there is at least one soldier there. The very cheap 6 reais guided tour really worth. The complex contains two active Brazilian Army units: the Headquarters of the 1st Division's Artillery and its Support Battery. Both units fought... More 

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

The fort dates back to 1555, so plenty of history. Only 1.5km from the fort to Sugar loaf across the Bay. Great photo opportunities. The fort has many old canons pointing out towards the Bay. The fort still houses active military, so the buildings are kept in good condition.

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

Great visit in this place! We waited in line for almost an hour to be taken by the guide. It only offers guided tours, which is excellent, because you find out many things while having the walk inside its walls. Amazing views and imposing architecture. Loved it a lot!

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