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Fort Copacabana (Forte de Copacabana)

A military base at the south end of the beach that defines the district of Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. The base is open to the public and contains the Museo Histórico do Exercito (Museum of the History of the Army) and a coastal defense fort that is the actual Fort Copacabana.

The museum has several exhibits focusing on different periods and events in the history of the army in Brazil. Regrettably, the Brazilian Expeditionary Force’s participation in the Italian campaign in World War II gets only limited treatment, and Brazil’s involvement in World War I receives no treatment. Outside the museum there are several artillery pieces from the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. For the 2016 Summer Olympics, the fort is scheduled to host the marathon swimming and triathlon events.

Web Site:
Hours: The hours for the Museum and the fort are 9 to 4 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.
Admission: Adults is R4 per person.



Paço Imperial

The Paço Imperial was built in the 18th century to serve as residence for the governors of colonial Brazil. From 1808, it was used as a royal residence by King John VI of Portugal as King of Portugal and later also as King of Brazil. In 1822 it became the city palace of the monarchs of the Empire of Brazil, Pedro I and Pedro II, who used it not as a residence, but as a workplace.

Since 1984 the Paço Imperial has been an important cultural center, hosting temporary art exhibitions of painting, sculpture, cinema, music, etc. It also houses the Paulo Santos Library, specializing in art, architecture and engineering, and also containing several rare books from the 16th to the 18th centuries. Due to its architectural and historical significance, it is one of Brazil’s most important historic buildings.

Praça 15 de Novembro, 48 – Centro
Tel: + 55 (21) 2533-4407
Web Site:
Hours: Monday to Friday, from 9a.m to 8 p.m. / Saturday, from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

Directions: Take the BUS 014 CASTELO close to BAR DO GOMES OR from Largo dos Guimarães (in front of the cinema) take the BUSES 006 or 014 and get off at the last bus stop of Avenida Almirante Barroso, close to number 23. From there, walk one block and turn left at Avenida Presidente Antônio Carlos. The Paço Imperial is 3 blocks from there, on your right side.

Take a TAXI. It takes you about 10 minutes. (Approximately R$10-15)