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São Sebastião Museum

The São Sebastião Museum, located in the city of São Tomé, São Tomé and Príncipe, is a captivating cultural institution housed within a 16th-century fortress. The museum lies in the northeastern part of the city centre, at the southeastern end of Ana Chaves Bay. It boasts a unique collection of religious art and artifacts from the colonial era, offering visitors a deep insight into the region's history and cultural heritage.

This fortress was initially erected in 1566 by the Portuguese, aiming to safeguard the port and the city of São Tomé from pirate attacks. The fortress also hosted a lighthouse, first established in 1866 and later rebuilt in 1928. After restoration efforts in the late 1950s, the fortress has been well-preserved, retaining much of its historical charm.

One of the more peculiar exhibits within the São Sebastião Museum is the remains of one of the cacao kings, eerily stored in a box beneath his painting. This eccentricity, combined with the museum's other unique displays, creates an engaging and educational experience for visitors.

An added attraction of the museum is the panoramic view it provides from its rooftop. Overlooking the ocean, it offers a stunning vista, enhanced by the still-functioning lighthouse that punctuates the landscape.

The São Sebastião Museum is more than just a repository of historical artifacts; it is a testament to the rich history and vibrant culture of São Tomé and Príncipe. Whether you are a history enthusiast, an art lover, or just a curious traveler, this museum is sure to provide a memorable experience.

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