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Fort Sao Sebastian

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Address: Mozambique Island, Mozambique

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...however this huge historical landmark obviously does not receive the attention and respect it deserves! There are no real guides trained to accompany visitors (those available... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Marylene S
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Maputo, Mozambique
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Maputo, Mozambique
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176 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

...however this huge historical landmark obviously does not receive the attention and respect it deserves! There are no real guides trained to accompany visitors (those available give very limited and approximate information) and there are no panels in the fort to complement the scarce information provided by guides. The place is impressing by its size and its historical meaning. For... More 

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Thank Marylene S
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

The place is very interesting...Experience spoiled as the visit is not guided. You pay for the entry at the Governor's Palace and are lead to explore the Fort on your own.

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Thank Yara C
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Expansive structure that is a great relic of Portuguese rule. We had a guide from Ilha Blue who filled in all the facts. I recommend a guide or you have to fill in the blanks on your own. Good views from the top!

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Thank Mark L
Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

A huge place to spend time wandering around. We discoverecd the complex water collection system on the roof.

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Thank Katesgrove
Toronto, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Our guide for Ilha showed us through Fort Sao Sebastian. Our guide was not affiliated with the Fort, I'm not sure how you tour the Fort on you own (or how to get a guide just for the Fort). There is a lot of dark history to the Fort. Hopefully with the UNESCO funding they can provide more details for... More 

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Thank Eric D
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Imagine having an entire fort to yourself - scrambling up the stairs, hiding in rooms that seem to have been vacant for years, peering over the walls to the water crashing on the rocks below. You can't help but feel like an adventurer or kid at heart. Throw in the history and the oldest European building in the southern hemisphere... More 

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Thank Lawrence D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2016

A fantastic piece of history that you can't miss if you visit the island! It is a majestic structure, so it is a shame to see it as a shell of its past glory. We hired a guide from the museum down the road, who showed us around and gave us basic facts, but I felt like his presentation was... More 

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Thank Nathan H
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

If you want to do something off the beaten path where crowds NEVER exist, then you need to see this fort and explore it. Personally, I would do a self guided tour and explore on your own. You could spend hours and it's a blast.

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Thank James D
Northcote, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

A walk through the fortress grounds brings interesting insights into the history of the Portuguese on the island. Impressive array of cannons and buildings, and don't miss the large cistern building, still filling with water.

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Thank Paula M
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

A must do when walking around this magical island. Well keept, some restaurations ongoing, and with a good guide you will enjoy this as a part of your trip around the island.

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