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Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress

Estrada General Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Jurujuba, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24370-375, Brazil
+55 21 2710 2354
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Estrada General Eurico Gaspar Dutra | Jurujuba, Niteroi, State of Rio de Janeiro 24370-375, Brazil
+55 21 2710 2354
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A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Great view of Rio. Sometimes very narrow roads to get there. Tell guard you are going to see the view, when asked to stop at entry. No problem.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 18 April 2017

The fort is quite interesting but it can be visited only in a guided tour that cost money, comes at scheduled times (approximately once every hour) and it is only in Portuguese! Therefore is not suitable for those who do not speak this language. Try...More

Thank Itzhack
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress is located on the promontory at the harbor entrance to Rio de Janeiro. It was built in the 16th centaury and is a classic medieval fortress. The area is still an active military instillation so one has to be vetted...More

Thank FunOnly
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Great excursion for a sunny week end as we did. We left Rio to join Niteroi by taxi and before enjoying the Mac we wanted to visit this Military site that founded in 1612 is still in use. The visit allows to discover a part...More

Thank nonlodico
Reviewed 10 October 2016

I pass near to the fortress several times, but in a merchant vessel, entering or leaving the Guanabara Bay. The view is wonderful. Friends who have visited the fortress indicate the ride. I intend to visit him through the land soon.

Thank BRuNo_2ON
Reviewed 16 September 2016

The fort is very old , built by the Portuguese to guard the entrance of the bay of Guanabara. A soldier takes you through as a guide.

Thank cariocaRiodeJaneiro
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Lats time I visited the forte my wonderful mom was still among us and she loved the time we spent there! Great for history lovers and also nature lovers as it does give a different perspective of Rio de Janeiro. Make sur you visit the...More

Thank CristianeMachado
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Interesting site. The fort is very old and a guard takes you through as a guide. Not much shade though so bring a hat! I took the Niteroi free tour bus that they had during the Olympics; the fort is one of the stops.

Thank noswim
Reviewed 23 August 2016

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
Reviewed 22 August 2016

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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