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  • 1 Capela Dourada Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. do Imperador-D.-Pedro-II BR - Recife 50010 240

    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

    Praça da Comunidade Luso Brasileira BR - Recife

    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 309 BR - Recife

    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 - Sto. Antônio BR - Recife

    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 BR - Recife

    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 BR - Recife

    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 BR - Recife 50740 970

    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 BR - Recife

    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 MAMAM, Museu de Arte Moderna Aloísio Magalhães Interesting

    Museums and art

    R. da Aurora 265 BR - Recife

    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 ..

  • 10 Parque Treze de Maio Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    R. Treze-de-Maio BR - Recife

    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..

  • 11 Museu do Homem do Nordeste Interesting

    Museums and art

    Av. 17-de-Agosto - Casa Forte 2187 BR - Recife 52061 540

    The completely renovated Museu do Homem do Nordeste is located in a modern building surrounded by gardens. It offers a very rich and varied presentation of different aspects of Pernambucan culture: costumes, homes, everyday objects, crafts and so on...

  • 12 Santo Antônio and São José areas

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    R. do Imperador D. Pedro II BR - Recife

    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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