Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa, Macapa

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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. Add Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa and other attractions to your Macapa trip itinerary using our Macapa vacation planner.
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  • August 10, 2017
    Excellent historical tourist spot. An important part of the history of the State. Wonderful view to the Amazon River. If possible, take the guided tour.
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  • August 8, 2017
    This Fort was built more than 200 years, with stones taken from the river QUARRY, near Macapá, designed to protect the entrance of the canal North of the Amazon River. Has the characteristic of all Fort built by the Portuguese, but I know this is without a doubt the most BEAUTIFUL
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  • August 7, 2017
    Great place to take the family boyfriend (a) spouse children and who you want in days of cold or hot because I recommend, has many bars and restaurants nearby.
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  • July 19, 2017
    Place magnificent ben quiet
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  • August 3, 2017
    Free entrance and ambience full of stories. It is necessary to revitalise and more guides to explain what the fortress carries.
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Where to stay in Macapa

Macapa offers a relatively small variety of mid-range hotels and accommodation options. As this isn’t a common backpacker town, you may have trouble finding hotel staff who speak English, so come prepared to speak some basic Portuguese or bring a good phrase book. Look for accommodations in the center of the city to be within walking distance to most attractions, or stay near one of the few roads into town.
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