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Stunning attraction!

Certainly one of the most beautiful and well preserved fortresses I have been to. It is said that... read more

Reviewed 6 October 2018
Sao Paulo, SP
Cool Attraction of History

A well preserved fort that overlooks the Amazon River. If you're into history this a good place to... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2017
Reynoldsburg, Ohio
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Reviewed 6 October 2018

Certainly one of the most beautiful and well preserved fortresses I have been to. It is said that it is the largest Portuguese fortress outside of Portugal. Only in Fernando de Noronha had I visited another well kept example of old military engineering. It is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

A well preserved fort that overlooks the Amazon River. If you're into history this a good place to visit. Takes about an hour or more to walk through (Self-guided tour).

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

It has a lot of potential but with the communication barrier we just wandered around. It would have been great if there was a tour explaining stories of what happened and how the people lived. There is not much to do in Macapa so it's...More

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank BelindaS1354
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

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

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Senhorpowers
Reviewed 28 May 2016

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

Date of experience: June 2015
Thank Sant1983
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!

Date of experience: November 2014
Thank Renata T
Reviewed 22 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...More

Date of experience: November 2014
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Reviewed 20 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...More

Date of experience: December 2014
Thank redneckersson5
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
Reviewed 14 September 2014

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...More

Date of experience: September 2014
Thank Eric G
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