Forte de Copacabana

sights / Military

Forte de Copacabana information

Rio de Janeiro City , Brazil
Address
Extras Av Atlântica & Rua Francisco Otaviano
Telephone
+55 2521 1032
Prices
admission R$6
Opening hours
10am-6pm Tue-Sun
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Lonely Planet review

Built in 1914 on the promontory of the old Our Lady of Copacabana chapel, the fort of Copacabana was one of Rio's premier defenses against attack. You can still see its original features, including walls up to 12m thick, defended by Krupp cannons. Inside is a museum with several floors of exhibits tracing the early days of the Portuguese colony to the mid-19th century, and the views across the full length of Copacabana are striking. There are several cafes with fine vantage points, including Confeitaria Colombo.