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The Fortress of Santa Cruz da Barra is truly a gem of Brazilian history, and a visit to this site is a must for anyone interested in learning more about the country's rich cultural heritage. The fortress has played a significant role in the country's history since its inception over four centuries ago.
The construction of the fortress began in 1555, during the early colonial period of Brazil when the country was still under the rule of Portugal. The purpose of building the fortress was to defend the entrance channel to the Guanabara Bay, which was an important strategic point for the Portuguese as it was the main access to the city of Rio de Janeiro.
The fortress was built by skilled stonemasons using cut stones that were laid by hand, and it covers an area of more than 7,000 square meters. It is considered to be one of the most impressive fortresses in the Americas due to its strategic location and intricate design.
One of the highlights of the fortress is its impressive collection of 45 cannons that date back to the 18th and 19th centuries. These cannons were used to defend the entrance channel to the Guanabara Bay, and some of them still bear the marks of battles that were fought centuries ago.
Another notable feature of the fortress is the chapel of Santa Cruz, which dates back to 1612. The chapel is dedicated to Santa Barbara and contains an image of the saint that dates back to the eighteenth century. It is a beautiful example of colonial architecture and provides visitors with a glimpse into the religious practices of the time.
Apart from its historical significance, the fortress offers visitors a stunning view of Rio de Janeiro and Niteroi. The natural beauty of the surroundings is breathtaking, and a visit to the fortress provides a unique perspective on the city's geography and topography
Tour at your own pace. We partner with the best local providers to ensure you have the best tour possible. Fun fact: Did you know that the fortress has a collection of 45 cannons from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries? The Santa Cruz da Barra Fortress is located next to the entrance channel of the Guanabara Bay, where all the ships that arrive to the port of Rio de Janeiro pass through. To check availability and make a reservation please click on "Book Now" and enter your preferred date and time.