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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  • From the top of the fortress has an excellent view over the Bay of Luanda with your marginal, the island of Luanda, as well as much of the city of Luanda. In the fortress you can find the National Museum of military history.
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  • Nice place to visit and take pictures of luanda bay but the military museum inside is not well treated and there is lack of maintance of the oldest archaeologic pieces and documentation. The museum be...  more »
  • One of the best views of Luanda and meet a minimal information about the history of the country.
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  • Great views of the marginal. Some good war relics, though could do with a little more information on the actual wars (maybe history is still catching up). Good value four money.
  • Went there over a weekend. Disliked the fact that there was no tour person on site to walk me around and enlighten mel
  • Very good experience going to Fortaleza, good museum cannot be avoided for any visitor. Highly recommended.
  • This place is a must place to be visited in Luanda, you can have view of all Luanda - 360 degrees. This place now is a museum but for the local, they didn't know much about this place, they thought this place is a military barack. Entrance fee is 100AKz, bring the exact amount.
  • Awesome monument to visit, armed forces museum inside. Well worth a visit!
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