Copacabana Fort: unusual vestige of Brazilian history

Copacabana Fort: unusual vestige of Brazilian history

A fort's ancient bunker now offers cultural activities and magical views.

Facing the Guanabara Bay, this bunker-like fortress offers an unusual perspective on the beaches of Copacabana, Sugarloaf, and the Arpoador neighborhood.

Built in the early 20th century, the fortress protects the southern zone of Rio and was the scene of many violent episodes, including the famous ‘18 of the Copacabana Fort revolt'. The guns, still visible on the roof, are plugged now: the fort was demilitarized in the 1980s, opened to the public, and turned into a place of tourism and culture. Visits to the bunker are still possible, as are visits to the Army Museum, admittedly minimalist, and the art gallery, the theatre, and the two restaurants.

For the 2016 Olympics, the bunker will host the marathon and triathlon events.

Copacabana Fort
Praça Coronel Eugênio Franco, 1
Rio de Janeiro 22070-020

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