Cinco Pontas Fort, Recife

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Cinco Pontas Fort is an old military fortress built by the Dutch in 1630 and one of the most representative monuments of colonial architecture. It is shaped to resemble five points of guns ready to shoot. Today, the wonderfully restored fort is a museum that features permanent exhibition of 150,000 maps, drawings, paintings, lithographs, and photographs from 16th to 20th century that illustrate the city’s history, as well as a gun arsenal including cannons and torture machines. Perhaps the most curious thing about the "Fort of Five Points" is that it only has four. The original Dutch fort had five sides, but the Portuguese leveled that fort and rebuilt it in their traditional four-pointed style. Add Cinco Pontas Fort to your Recife travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Recife route builder tool .
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  • On this site we had a local guide telling us about the history of the site and how it is intertwined with the history of the reef but also with the ideological history of brazilian independence.
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  • Is a historical attraction and the entrance is completely free. All very beautiful and we were very well attended.
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  • Visit Forte das Cinco Pontas, where the Museum of the city of Recife, and even more if you come across an exhibition that is you in the reef of the Dutch period (between 1635 and 1640) is indescribable. Just visiting to discover stories, values and curiosities of the time.
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