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Salvador and the Bahia Coast Sights

Forte de São Marcelo

  • Military Site
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 04/25/2013

Fodor's Review

Jorge Amado jokingly called this doughnut-shape fortress near the Terminal Maritimo, the "belly button of the world", as Bahia's economy essentially revolved around this spot, with the merchants, the market, and the port clustered practically within arm's reach. The fort, built between 1650 and 1680 in a mix of medieval and colonial styles, housed the Imperial Army for more than 200 years. The troops staved off attacks from buccaneers and other invaders. Inside you can see the armory and soldier's quarters and get a great view of the bay from the lookouts. Hour-long tours in English depart from Terminal Maritimo.

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Av. França s/n, Salvador, 40010-000, Brazil



Sight Details:

  • R$ 5
  • Call ahead for hrs

Updated 04/25/2013


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