Museu Histórico do Exército e Forte de Copacabana
- cnr Av Atlântica & Rua Francisco Otaviano Copacabana
- 021 2521 1032
- admission R$4
- 10am-4pm Tue-Sun
Lonely Planet review for Museu Histórico do Exército e Forte de Copacabana
Built in 1914, on the promontory of the former Our Lady of Copacabana chapel, the Forte de Copacabana (Copacabana Fort) 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. The several floors of exhibits in the fort’s museum, tracing the early days of the Portuguese colony to the mid-19th century, aren’t the most tastefully presented, but the view alone warrants a visit. There’s a lovely café overlooking Copacabana.