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  • 1 Capela Dourada Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. do Imperador-D.-Pedro-II

    A Rococo gem, the stunning "Golden Chapel" (1697) evokes the golden age of the religious orders in Pernambuco. Inside, its decor reveals a breathtaking array of golden sculptures, arabesques and finely cabled balustrades. On the walls and c..

  • 2 Recife Antigo Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Along with São José and Santo Antônio, Recife Antigo is one of the three islands that make up the centre of Recife. In the 1990s, the city council took charge of the rehabilitation of the area. The programme includes salvaging a series of historical ..

  • 3 Igreja N. S. da Conceiçao dos Militares Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. Nova 304

    You could almost miss N. S. da Conceiçao dos Militares Church, hemmed in among the shops of Rua Nova, one of the most bustling streets in Centro. Its construction, funded by a military brotherhood, spanned the years 1723 to 1771, but the gilding in t..

  • 4 Catedral São Pedro dos Clérigos Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Pátio de São-Pedro

    The Baroque façade of Catedral São Pedro dos Clérigos (18C) is one of the most beautiful in the city. It presents a monumental stone portal flanked by double columns, with heavy sculpted jacaranda doors. Its two tall bell towers accentuate the vertic..

  • 5 Mercado São José Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça D.-Vital

    The Mercado São José, Recife's main market, is housed beneath an iron structure, the first of its kind in Brazil, imported from Europe in 1875. Its 3 500m2 surface is not large enough and stands have spilled over into the surrounding streets. This ma..

  • 6 Pernambuco State Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Rui-Barbosa 960

    In the Museu do Estado de Pernambuco, you will get an insight into the riches the sugar industry brought to certain families and how, over time, they accumulated a significant artistic wealth, exhibited here. Furniture, objects, paintings, religious ..

  • 7 Oficina de Cerâmica Francisco Brennand Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Propriedade Santos-Cosme-e-Damião - Engenho São-João - Várzea

    Visiting the Oficina de Cerâmica Francisco Brennand is a dreamlike and surreal experience. Installed in a former brick factory, in the middle of the Mata Atlântica and a garden created by Burle Marx, the studio and museum of Francisco Brennand, a wor..

  • 8 Forte S. Tiago das Cinco Pontas Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça das Cinco-Pontas, São-José

    The Dutch Fort Frederik Hendrik (1630) monitored the sugar trade on the Rio Capibaribe, which connected the port to the engenhos (plantations). Its nickname, Forte das Cinco Pontas (due to its layout in a five-pointed star), has endured despite being..

  • 9 Parque Treze de Maio Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R. Treze-de-Maio

    A breath of fresh air in the densely-built Boa Vista area, the Parque Treze de Maio (1 000m2), designed by Burle Marx (1939), offers a good excuse for a pleasant break. Its wooded alleys, punctuated by stone benches and sculptures by Abelardo Hora, l..

  • 10 Museu do Homem do Nordeste Interesting

    Museums and art

    Av. 17-de-Agosto - Casa Forte 2187

    The Museu do Homem do Nordeste offers a very rich and varied presentation of different aspects of Pernambucan culture. Artefacts such as costumes, habitats, everyday objects, crafts and also instruments used to inflict torture on slaves each shed lig..

  • 11 MAMAM, Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. da Aurora 265

    The MAMAM was created in 1997 in the Boa Vista neighbourhood, and started with the Aloíso Magalhães Gallery. A reference point in Brazil in the field of contemporary visual arts, its collection includes almost 1 000 pieces, including works by Gilvan ..

  • 12 Santo Antônio and São José areas

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The neighbourhoods of São José and Santo Antônio were urbanised by Maurice de Nassau, who designed the extension of Recife onto the neighbouring island of Antônio Vaz to the southwest. Apart from the layout of the streets, vestiges from this era are ..

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