Fortress of São José de Macapá Fortress of São José de Macapá

One of the main military buildings in Brazil, it has a rich history and faces the Amazon river.

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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.

Key information and tips

The Sunset on the banks of the river is breathtaking. Don’t miss the chance to see it!

Opening hours:
From Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Free entry

Duration of the Visit
2 hours
+55 (96) 3212-5118
More Info
Touristic attractions of Amapá
History of the Fortress of São José de Macapá
Tourism in Amapá


Rua Cândido Mendes, 1.611 – Macapá, Amapá

The most comfortable way of getting around the city is by taxi. Refer to the companies that provide this type of service.

You can rent a car in the center of Macapá and go to the Fortress. Refer to the route.

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