Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao, Mozambique Island

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Dominating the northeastern tip of the island, Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao serves as the oldest still-standing fort in sub-Saharan Africa. The Portuguese took nearly 50 years to build the structure in the second half of the 16th century. Scramble up the stairs and explore its vacant rooms of the colonial era--you might find you are the only one around, since the fort is way off the beaten path. The walls offer scenic views of the ocean crashing against the rocks. Stop at the nearby museum and ask for a guide if you wish to learn more about the fort's glory days. A small chapel behind the fort built in 1522 is the oldest European building south of the equator. Work out when and for how long to visit Fortaleza de Sao Sebastiao and other Mozambique Island attractions using our handy Mozambique Island trip builder.
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  • We enjoyed hearing the history of this fort from our tour guide who was very knowledgeable. The 360 degree view from the top of the fort was worth the short climb!  more »
  • You get the tickets at the Museum, and only there! We had a tour-guide, who was pretty useless, but the structure speaks for itself. truly a pity the small chapel collapsed recently.  more »
  • Interesting to visit, nice views. Would be nicer if it had some information boards or something around to give some background.
  • Needs some major TLC like has been done to the forts in Ghana. Still, it's interesting. Over 20 canons from 1823. Pretty spooky in some rooms.

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