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Forte de Copacabana

Forte de Copacabana

Historians trace the name Copacabana to a small village around distant Lake Titicaca in Bolivia, from where the Portuguese brought a XVII century image of Our Virgin Lady of Copacabana to a small chapel here. The chapel was later destroyed by the military in 1908 to make way for the Forte, built to protect the city from invaders.

Nowadays the Forte de Copacabana is a cultural center. The splendid fireworks show along Forte de Copacabana is one of the highlights of New Year's Eve.