Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
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An unexpected side of the famous Copacabana Beach, Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana is a military base housing the Museum of Army History. The massive fort was built in 1914, on the eve of World War I, and formed an important part of Rio’s military defenses against a possible attack. Many of the fort’s original features are still intact, including the Krupp cannons designed to fire shells 23 km (14 mi) out to sea. Explore the on-site museum’s several floors of exhibits, narrating Brazil’s military history starting with the early days of the Portuguese colony. End your visit with a stop at the fort’s café, which overlooks the beach and serves pastries, sandwiches, and cakes. Add Museu Historico do Exercito e Forte de Copacabana to your Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rio de Janeiro itinerary maker.
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  • Incredible strength that is there, his bunker and its cannons. I went to have breakfast at the branch of the Colombo confectionery that is inside the Fort and I found a place that transports you in time, impressive dome of the cannons. Highly recommended breakfast here, with the view of the Bay of Copacabana. Open at 10, 00 pm. and entry costs 6 reais.
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  • The Copacabana Fort is beautiful. Unfortunately the day I was the access to the top of the Fort was closed for maintenance, but all paid half for it. Even so it was worth a visit. The site has historical and art exhibitions. The view to the Copacabana beach is incredible.
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  • This structure is large but largely empty. There are a couple rooms with old generators. Also a bedroom and a officers command room. None of the information is in English. The area has a very popular ...  more »
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  • Wonderful, romantic place. This was the setting for a rebellion in 1922 involving engineer and adventurer Octavio Correo. This and the long history of the fort is recalled in various exhibits on display. The setting is remarkable, surrounded by the Atlantic with spectacular views of the distinctive Rio coastline. The restaurants along the side of the fort provide an idyllic place to sit with the sound of the sea lapping against the rocks below. Sublime.
  • It's a beautiful location to spend some time. They have couple of restaurants with outdoor seating and the view of sunset if beautiful. There is also museum and a small souvenir shop.
  • Nice picturesque location between the famous Copacabana and the Ipanema beaches. Nominal entry. It also houses a well maintained military museum and does have an outlet of Colombo bakery. People do come over here to enjoy a coffee with snacks overlooking the beach and the deep blue Atlantic. Bon Appetie, Bon Chance n Bon Voyage.
  • Inaugurated in 1914, at the promontory of the little church Our Lady of Copacabana, with the aim of strengthening the defense of Guanabara Bay. Occupying a total area of 114,169 m², Fort Copacabana was at that time considered the most modern fortification in South America. In 1996 the Colony-Empire Hall of the museum presents the history of Brazil from the perspective of the military history, presenting the main facts related to the colonial period, beyond the imperial period, covering the independence and the participation of the Brazilian army in the war of the Triple Alliance.
  • Really beautiful view, symbolic price (6 brl), also has some cool coffee shops.