Fortaleza de Santa Catarina, Cabedelo

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Located near the mouth of the river Paraíba do Norte, Fortaleza de Santa Catarina is a small colonial fort with a rich history. The location has been fortified since the late sixteenth century, but the existing structure dates back only to the eighteenth century. The fort has been the site of many fierce battles, protecting the Portuguese from colonial invaders such as the Dutch and French, and consequently has been partially destroyed and rebuilt several times. From the walls, you have a commanding view of the surrounding environment. Plan your visit to Fortaleza de Santa Catarina and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cabedelo road trip app.
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  • This 5 century old (!) fort is an easy side trip after visiting Cabedero red sand beach. Interesting to see how the layout was designed to thwart invaders and the methods used to fight them, eg hot... 
    This 5 century old (!) fort is an easy side trip after visiting Cabedero red sand beach. Interesting to see how the layout was designed to thwart invaders and the methods used to fight them, eg hot...  more »
  • The only vestige of the Portuguese military presence in this area from the 17th century, if you are in the area and like history, it’s worth a visit. Unfortunately, there is almost no information... 
    The only vestige of the Portuguese military presence in this area from the 17th century, if you are in the area and like history, it’s worth a visit. Unfortunately, there is almost no information...  more »
  • The fort is really impressive.. nice and with few people... not easy to get there but worth a trip to understand a bit of history of the region. 
    The fort is really impressive.. nice and with few people... not easy to get there but worth a trip to understand a bit of history of the region.  more »
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  • An important historical landmark left alone without proper maintenance and signs. No timeline, no guided stations with written information, rusting cannons, grass all over the place, dirt and solid residues in the back. Tickets sell for R$2 a person (US$ 0.30) which obviously don't cover basic costs. No companies sponsor the site although it is next door neighbor to Petrobras and the Port of Cabedelo. It is a must visit place in a dismal condition.
  • A beautiful place and important in Brazilian history, unfortunately hasn't been in good conditions, guess it's die to the pandemic
  • Its a good place tô know histiric moments on Brazil. The runter of whale. You can take good pictures.
  • There is no much big interesting items inside. The architecture is 'okay'.
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