Admire views of Luanda and learn about the demise of colonial Angola at Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, a Portuguese fortress perched on a high plateau overlooking the capital and Luanda Bay. Built in 1575, the fortress was the administrative center of the colony and a major outlet for slave trade. A major tourist attraction, the fort now houses a museum of Angola's armed forces, featuring bi-motor planes and combat vehicles. Using our custom trip planner, Luanda attractions like Fortaleza de Sao Miguel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Fortaleza de Sao Miguel Reviews
If you are traveling to Luanda it is mandatory to visit this spot. For several years was left abandoned, but it was refurbished and looks amazing. The view over the city of Luanda is unique and the pe... more »
Die Festung wurde um 1576 zum Schutz ihrer Siedlung Luanda gebaut. Nachdem schon Ende der 30er Jahre des letzten Jahrhunderts der Ausbau zum Museum begann, wurde die Festung mit dem Beginn des Unabhän... more »The fortress was built around 1576 to protect its settlement Luanda. After the expansion into a museum began at the end of the 1930s, the fortress was re-introduced for military purposes with the beginning of the War of Independence in 1961. Today it houses the central army museum of Angola. Unfortunately, the information is very sparse and one passes without explanation of weapons of war and images of deserving military. The magnificent view is self-explanatory.
Must visit place. Not only a local museum but great observation deck from where you can observe Luanda. Amazing view on the bay. Enjoyed walking around and see all these guns and military equipment. Place is almost always empty. I met only few guys browsing around. Entrance fee is next to nothing. 100 kwanza which is less that 25 cents. Guys, you can do entrance fee a 1000 kwanza easily, at least for the foreigners. And it would still be very affordable price. Sunbed at the privet beach cost 1500. Anyway, highly recommend! For those who doesn’t like museums, trust me, the view from the fort is outstanding!
ARMED FORCES MUSEUM This is the old Portuguese fortress formerly known as Fortress of São . Miguel. It has now been renamed the Armed Forces Museum. A vast collection of colonial portuguese armory, as well as statues collected from the ancient city. The other side of the building is dedicated to the recent history of the armed conflict among the three angolan belligerents. Interesting place to visit while in Luanda.
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