Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa, Macapa

4.4
Must see · Landmark · Tourist Spot
You will find this formidable fortress standing strong on the banks of the Amazon River, built by the Portuguese in the 18th century to protect against the French threat from the north. Taking 18 grueling years to complete, using stones brought from Portugal as ship ballast, Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa is Brazil’s largest fort, and you can explore its cavernous barracks and well-preserved walls, which are 4.5 m (15 ft) high and incredibly thick. Now a Historical Heritage site, the building boasts a visitor center, art gallery, meeting rooms, and a concert hall, as well as amazing views of the river. Unfortunately, the guides speak very little English but are extremely enthusiastic in their efforts to help you understand, and with a little imagination, you’ll get the gist. To visit Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa and other attractions in Macapa, use our Macapa holiday builder website.
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  • Certainly one of the most beautiful and well preserved fortresses I have been to. It is said that it is the largest Portuguese fortress outside of Portugal. Only in Fernando de Noronha had I visited.....  more »
  • A well preserved fort that overlooks the Amazon River. If you're into history this a good place to visit. Takes about an hour or more to walk through (Self-guided tour).  more »
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