More information on Fortaleza de Santa Cruz in Niterói Rio de Janeiro
Description: Fortaleza de Santa Cruz in Niterói Rio de Janeiro
One of the most beautiful fortresses in Brazil.
The Fortress of Santa Cruz is the second most visited tourist attraction in Niteroi. With stunning architecture, attracts tourists and researchers in search of leisure and history.
With impressive architecture, the fort of Santa Cruz, located in Niterói, it was during periods of colony and empire of Brazil's main defensive structure of Guanabara Bay and the Port of Rio de Janeiro.
Garnished until the present day, the fortress attracts an average of two thousand visitors per month, guided tours, every hour, lasting about 45 minutes. He is currently the headquarters of the Division Artillery of the 1st Army Division.
In 1555, Villegaignon improvised a fortification to defend the entrance of Guanabara Bay. Taken by Mem de Sá two years later was expanded and given the name of N. Mrs.'s Guide, the origin of the fortress of Santa Cruz. With a building area of 7153 m2, was renovated and had its firepower extended by order of Viceroy Conde de Cunha, to protect the shipment of gold from Minas Gerais, made at the Port of Rio de Janeiro.
The Fortress of Santa Cruz participated in important moments in our history, preventing French invasions and Dutch. While prison, received the distinguished figures as Jose Bonifacio, Bento Goncalves and Euclides da Cunha.
During the revolt of the fleet, fought against the Fort Villegaignon. In 1922, the Uprising Lieutenants, fired at the Fort Copacabana. His last shot against the cruiser Tamandaré was given in 1955.
Gen. Eurico Gaspar Dutra Highway, s / n - Niterói Jurujuba
: 09:00 to 16:00 Children under 12 and seniors over 64 years do not pay
Tel (s).: (21) 2710-7840 or 2711-0462 - r. 36
The Fortress offers guided tours, has a restaurant and gift shop.
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