Fortaleza de Sao Miguel, Luanda

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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.
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  • The fortress has a particular .. and be able to visit it and enjoy its walls, is something that I strongly recommend. Is in good condition and securely.
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  • We take all our visitors to this really nice clean place. The views are great and you can walk comfortably in the open spaces, specially on the cooler months. It’s a good place for picture taking as w...  more »
  • First of all - the reception where you pay intrance fee will do everything in his power to cheat you - pretending there is no change...  more »
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  • Nice place to visit with a huge collection of historical facts, documents and archeological materials. Great location and views from the top of the fort. A must visit historical place in Luanda for tourists. This place reminds the rule of colonialists.
  • São Miguel fort was built in 1576 by Paulo Dias de Novais. It became the administrative center of the colony in 1627 and was a major outlet for slave traffic to Brazil. The fort was for many years a self-contained town protected by thick walls encrusted with cannons. Inside the fort, elaborate ceramic tiles tell the story of Angola from early years, and in the courtyard are large, imposing statues of Portugal's first king, the first European to reach Angola, Diogo Cão, renowned explorer Vasco da Gama and other notables. Until 1975, the fortress served as the headquarters of the Commander-in-Chief of the Portuguese Armed Forces in Angola. Today, it holds the Museum of the Armed Forces. Between 1938 and 1958 it held the Museu de Angola, until it was moved and renamed Museu Nacional de História Natural de Angola.
  • Great views of Luanda. Interesting history to explore. However, all information is Portuguese.
  • Amazing view over Luanda. Too bad it closes early.
  • Army Museum. Historic place. Nice view of the Bay. Used also for entertainment events.
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