Favored by its strategic location, with its coastline bathed by the Amazon River, the capital of Amapá is the seat of the Fortress of São José de Macapá, landmarked in 1950 by Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Iphan). Located in the center of the city, on the banks of the river, it is the most important historical-cultural reference in the State.
Built between 1764 and 1782, the Fortress had as main objective protecting the Brazilian territory from a possible European invasion by waterway. Its format, a square with four bastions in the corners where the cannons are, hampered the defense of the enemies.
Recently, the Fortress was restored and now has a park with trails for hiking, becoming one of the main meeting points of Macapá.
The Museum of the Fortress reconstitutes some of the local history and houses an important collection, with a library and a space for exhibitions.
The Sunset on the banks of the river is breathtaking. Don’t miss the chance to see it!