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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — Southeast Region (Coastal)
 

Copacabana Fort

Army History Museum

 
 
Copacabana Fort - Army History Museum Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
1. Copacabana Fort - Army History Museum Marker
Inscription.
Together with the Arpoador Rock and Cape, the Fort is part of an important landscape group located between two highly populated neighbourhoods: Copacabana and Ipanema.

Date: inaugurated in 1914 by President Marechal Hermes da Fonseca.
Last Restoration: in 1987, with the coastal artillery batteries phased out, the fort with its 12-meter thick walls, became the Army History Museum.
Features: at the entrance of the Fort is a grotto with a statuette of Santa Barbara, protecting the soldiers. Of outstanding interest at the Fort are the German-made Krupp cannons in armored shelters, as well as light armament used by the coastal artillery and anti-aircraft batteries. The Fort is on a rocky point offering magnificent views of the beaches and Sugar Loaf.
History: designated as a battleground, the Fort recalls important moments of Brazilian political history, such as the uprising known as the “Movement of the Eighteen” in 1922.
Main pieces from the collection: the Alameda Otavio Correia, where the visit begins, is lined with artillery and infantry pieces from various periods. In addition to the war material, the Fort also has a Collection of books and photographs.
 
Erected by Prefeitura do Rio. (Marker Number 01246020.)
Sentry in ceremonial dress uniform at inner gateway to fort image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
2. Sentry in ceremonial dress uniform at inner gateway to fort

 
Location. 22° 59.2′ S, 43° 11.262′ W. Marker is in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro. Marker can be reached from the Forte de Copacabana access road north of Rua Garota de Ipanema. Click for map. Marker is on the sidewalk near the "Movement of the Eighteen" memorial, south of the inner gateway to the fort's north shore promenade. Marker is in this post office area: Rio de Janeiro 21250-660, Brazil.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. APA das Pontas de Copacabana e Arpoador (within shouting distance of this marker); Augusto Ferreira Ramos (approx. 4.6 kilometers away); Christ the Redeemer Monument (approx. 5.2 kilometers away); Cristovão Leite de Castro (approx. 5.3 kilometers away); CCAPA (approx. 5.3 kilometers away); Ordem Terceira do Carmo Church (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); Praça 15 de Novembro (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); João Cândido Felisberto Memorial (approx. 9.5 kilometers away). Click for a list of all markers in Rio de Janeiro.
 
Also see . . .  Brazilian Army. (Submitted on December 28, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Brasil; Forte de Copacabana/Museu Histórico do Exército; Baia da Guanabara.
View from Copacabana Beach: a cruise ship off the promontory, departing Guanabara Bay image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 11, 2009
3. View from Copacabana Beach: a cruise ship off the promontory, departing Guanabara Bay
with Forte de Copacabana on the headland, right; where (until the fort's construction in 1914) had long stood the Chapel of Our Lady of Copacabana.

 
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<i>Museu Histórico do Exército</i> - The Brazillian Army History Museum image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
4. Museu Histórico do Exército - The Brazillian Army History Museum
(impressive exhibits, but interior photography not permitted).
Outer Gate (entrance off Av. Atlântica) to <i>Forte de Copacabana/Museu Histórico do Exército image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 14, 2009
5. Outer Gate (entrance off Av. Atlântica) to Forte de Copacabana/Museu Histórico do Exército
Copacabana seen from Sugar Loaf Mountain image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 12, 2009
6. Copacabana seen from Sugar Loaf Mountain
- Forte de Copacabana, upper left.
Directional signage on Alameda Otavio Correia, the fort's north side promenade image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
7. Directional signage on Alameda Otavio Correia, the fort's north side promenade
- view, northwestward toward Copacabana Beach.
Tourists inspect the 305 mm Krupp gun battery which actively guarded the harbor until 1987 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
8. Tourists inspect the 305 mm Krupp gun battery which actively guarded the harbor until 1987
The adjacent 190 mm battery and its <i>cúpola</i> image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
9. The adjacent 190 mm battery and its cúpola
atop the fort's bombproof casemate (12 meters thick) - now restored for tourism, but no interior photography permitted.
View from the casemate toward the north end of Copacabana Beach image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, December 13, 2009
10. View from the casemate toward the north end of Copacabana Beach
with Sugar Loaf Mountain in background, center right.
 
 
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