Sights in Fortaleza

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Fortaleza is a city located in the northeast of Brazil. The beautiful sandy beaches and warm climate attracts tourists from all over the world. There are many interesting sights both in and around the city that are worth visiting. Here are some of the popular locations for visitors in Fortaleza.

Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura

The Centro Dragão do Mar de Arte e Cultura is a modern cultural center. The cultural center includes theatres, cinemas, museums, a planetarium, a good café and much more. Centro Dragão is a popular place for locals and tourists, especially during the weekend. The cultural center is located at Rua Dragão, and is open Tuesday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday to Sunday 2:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Beach Park Acqua Center

Beach Park Acqua Center is an enormous water park located a short distance from downtown Fortaleza. The park is a great place to enjoy the day with your family. You can also have a great lunch at the restaurant, and be sure to check out the seafood dishes. The park is a popular sight for many tourists visiting Fortaleza.

Catedral Metropolitana

The Cathedral Metropolitana at Rua Sobral was built between 1937 and 1963; its design comes from the cathedral in Cologne. The two spires of the cathedral are 75 meters high, the cathedral can seat 5,000 worshipers. It's open to visitors Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday to Sunday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Entrance is free.

Centro de Turismo

The Centro de Turismo, located at Rua Senador Pompeu, is an ex-prison facility. It houses the state tourism center, Muse de Minerais, and handicraft stores including the Museu de Arte e Cultura Populares, where local craft and sculptures are on display. The Centro de Turismo is open Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m. to noon.

Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assunção

The Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assunção (Fortress of Our Lady of Assumption) dates back to 1649. The fort was built by Captain Matias and was called Fort Schoonenborch. In 1654, the Portuguese reclaimed the fort and named it Forte de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao. Over the years the fort has been renovated several times, and from 1942 the army has occupied the place. Part of the fort is open to visitors; however, you need to get permission from the main office at the fort.

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