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Fortaleza de Sao Jose de Macapa

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Address: Rua Candido Mendes s/n, Macapa, State of Amapa 68906-974, Brazil
Phone Number:
96 3212 5118

Tue-Sun 9am-6pm

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Big Fort on the Amazon

Really cool Fort, lots of canons and well preserved Fort. Nice view over the Amazon River and nice spot to relax.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really cool Fort, lots of canons and well preserved Fort. Nice view over the Amazon River and nice spot to relax.

Thank Senhorpowers
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

The main colonial era feature of the city. It is worth strolling around, and the riverine landscape is good.

Thank Sant1983
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

The São José Fort is beaultiful and a interesting fort Of real Portuguese in the Brazil! I recomend the visit them!

Thank Renata T
Winnipeg, Canada
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688 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 344 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2015

This fort is fabulous; it is intact, beautifully maintained and a pleasure to explore. I have been to dozens of forts, and frankly get a touch bored by the prospect of yet another, but this one jolted my cynicism and brought me back to my senses. I would have liked to spend much longer.

Thank MaxGlobetrotter
Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2014

If you are on a cruise ship like we were and taking a cruise you will most likely stop at the fort as it was lined with tour bus all morning long. this venue does nto have a fee and is worthy of a few minutes of your time. Some of the historical information is in English while must is... More 

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Decatur, Georgia
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293 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2014

Fort San Jose stands just upriver from the northern passage across the delta into the Amazon. Local guides claim that it is the largest in South America. For various reasons the Portuguese never finished building out the original design. During its long history never fired a shot at a foreign enemy. The buildings, walls and grounds are very well preserved... More 

Thank redneckersson5
Brasilia, DF
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2014 via mobile

There's nothing else to say, is huge and a very well cared building. Amazing place in front of Amazon river.

Thank GigiCatarina
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2014 via mobile

By no means is the structure something to marvel at but I did learn it is the biggest fort in Latin America which to me, leaves a lot to be desired. It's cool to check out the guard posts that overlook the mighty Amazon but besides that, it was eh. There is a great market directly across the street that... More 

Thank Eric G
Innisfil, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013

Well-preserved fort that is easy to access and do a self-guided tour. Buildings show obvious signs of some restoration and maintenance and are pretty basic. The hike up to the walls is worth it for the view. Church is humble but charming. All of the staff are friendly and as helpful as possible when very few speak English. The kids... More 

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Palm Bay, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

You can do your own walk around or hire a guide. We walked around by ourselves and found it interesting however not a lot of the explanations were in English -- mainly Portuguese. Was really amazed at how well the buildings, church and canons are so well preserved. I took a photo of a painting of what the fort looked... More 

Thank Ronald G

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