"Don't break this silence, don't stop my dream"
The walls have
phrases of writers and artists, that like, Brenannd, have sought the
essence of a universal culture.
Recife-Olinda Carnaval Guide
60 colonial churches in Recife and Olinda. Churches are usually open
from 8am to 5pm, with a 2-hour closure for lunch from noon to 2pm
Capela Dourada or
The Golden Chapel
built in 1696 in the Convento
de Santo Antonio;
The altar is a two-story arch of jacaranda and cedar, all gilt with
gold. Christ hangs on a golden cross with gold and silver rays
shining out behind his head (oddly topped with real hair). The
chapel is part of a Franciscan complex that includes a small Sacred
Art museum with a few nice pieces of gold and silver work.
Buses from Recife will
drop you off at the Praça do Carmo where you meet the N.S. do
Carmo church. Check out the huge ornate jacaranda-wood altar.
The large public space on the front is known as Praça da
Abolição (abolition square). Note the statue of Princess Isabel, who
was responsible for abolishing slavery in 1888.
Follow Avenida da Liberdade, and you'll pass by the 1590 Church
of São Pedro Apostolo. Set your sights on Igreja da Sé at
the top of the steep Ladeira da Sé. The
Catedral da Sé de Olinda, 1537,
dominates the hilltop of Olinda
You can forestall the steep hike by going to the right of
N.S. do Carmo and on to Rua Sã Francisco, which leads to the
Convento de São Francisco. Built in 1577, this was the first
Franciscan monastery in Brazil. Inside is the life history of Jesus
in the N.S. das Neves, done in Portuguese blue tile.
From the Convento São Francisco, the Travessia São Francisco leads
up to the Ladeira de Se and the Igreja da Sé. Originally
built in 1537,a series of photographs and drawings just inside the
main door show the church's various incarnations.
Once here enjoy the view, crafts market, food stalls selling
tapioca pancakes and shots of flavored cachaça as well as the
Still worth finding:
Church of Misericordia,
(aka Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Luz) Built in 1540 by the Portuguese
- it was burned during the Dutch invasion, and rebuilt in the
Mosteiro de São Bento:
Built in 1582, this monastery is still home to 27 Benedictine monks.
The church is said to be the richest in the city.
Find Avenida da
Liberdade, and you'll pass by the 1590 Church of São Pedro
Olinda Church Tour by olinda.com.br
At Boa-Viagem beach and the historic Guararapes Park is
the church N.S. dos Prozeres.
In Recife the churches and other colonial buildings
create a startling blend of the old and new. Praça da República; the historic
Basilica of our Lady of Penha;
the Cathedral of São Pedro dos Clérigos with a beautifully
sculptured front; the Basilica of Our Lady of Carmo features a very
Church of São
Pedro surrounded by restored houses that form a complex called
Pátio de São
Church of the Ordem Terceiro de São Francisco.
Featuring a huge oil painting showing Franciscan monks getting
crucified. The soldier's responsible were dealt with later by
someone who removed their faces.
Barco Peixe Leão starts from the Zero Marker
in Old Recife and tours around the harbor, up the Beberibe river and back
through Old Recife before returning to the Zero Marker. For reservations
call tel. 081/3341-3662 or
through Recife down the Capibaribe River. Day and night
rides, from Wednesday to Sunday, boarding at the Cinco Pontas Quay, just off
Avenida Sul. [
50m (164 ft.) past the Forte Cinco Pontas.]
You can also ride up the coast to
Orange and the beaches of Itamaracá.
Address : Avenida sul s/nº, Forte das Cinco Pontas, Boa Vista, Recife.
Cais das Cinco Pontas,
S/N São josé
Fone: (81) 3424-2845 Fax: (81) 3424-8930
The Casa da Cultura
Recife's cultural marketplace was once a colonial
prison. It has since been transformed into a center for traditional
arts. Excellent musical and dance performances often take place
right outside the building. The Casa da Cultura is an excellent
place to obtain tourist information and start an acquaintance with
the region's cultural arts.
At least 15 wrecks are
diveable and within easy reach. For excursions contact
projetomar.com.br Projeto Mar,
Rua Bernardino Pessoa 410, Boa Viagem (tel. 081/3326-0162;
Seagate Mergulhos E Aventura (Olinda, PE, Brazil) Phone: 011-55-81-3426-1657
E-Mail: seagate at seagaterecife.com.br
Golf & Tennis
Squash Tennis Center
Endereço: Rua Dr. Luis
Corrêa de Oliveira, 375 - Boa Viagem
Recife - PE cep. 51030-200
Fone/Fax: (81) 3461-1651
| From Recife. A tourist train with 23 kilometers of passage and a duration of 1h30min.
Visit a fully functioning farm, with an area of 600 Ha. The farm is
placed in the rural part of state of Pernambuco, and the weather is
healthy with sunshine all over the year. The owners and more 15 families live on the farm
Fernando de Noronha
Fernando de Noronha--
Along with Natal (the other city which takes pride in its physical proximity to Europe and Africa), Recife is where you catch a connecting flight to the brilliant archipelago of 21 islands.
There are regular daily flights from Recife and Natal, which bring 4,000 tourists per month. The flight from Recife, 550km away, takes a little over an hour.
NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY:
The archipelago is made up of 21 islands and islets, which rise up from the depths of a sea which is 4,000 metres deep. The total area of the archipelago is 26 square kilometers, 75% of which belongs to the National Ecological Park. Only the main island of Fernando de Noronha is inhabited.
Prior to being made a park in 1989, it experienced 500 years of fascinating history, including long periods as a prison and military outpost. An extraordinary haven for snorkelers, divers and naturalists, the rugged volcanic mountainous terrain is surrounded by a wealth of marine species.
Scuba gear allows you to take advantage of the excellent visibility of the waters down to a depth of 35 meters. The average water temperature is 78 degrees all year round. Plenty of historical and traditional sun and surf spots are available to choose from. These include Leo Beach, where sea turtles lay their eggs, and the Southeast Bay, where the turtles feed. There are also the spectacular viewpoints at Dolphin Bay, where the dolphins arrive at sunrise.
Atlantis Divers (Fernando
De Noronha, PE, Brazil)
E-Mail: info at atlantisdivers.com.br
Ilha de Fernando de Noronha
(roundtrip from Recife)
Noronha turísticos e culturais! Por Eduardo Santiago.
Fernando de Noronha- Fernando de Noronha em 1998. Diário, fotos,
Noronha- fotos sobre as praias da Ilha.
Virtuais - Porto de Galinhas, pernambucano.
Informações, fotos, mapa, links...
- infra-estrutura, entre outros. Ponto para prática de mergulho e
ecoturismo. Tamandaré, PE.
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Tourist Traps ||
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Northeastern Museum of Mankind
Francisco Brennand's ceramic atelier
A cultural compound
comprising an art museum, library and gardens.
Conceived and set up by the sociologist Gilberto Freire and the exotic world of Francisco Brennand's sculpture park. You will also see the work of the most famous carpet weavers.
The estate of world-renowned ceramic artist Francisco Brennand.
was born on June 11th, 1927 in Recife, Pernambuco.
In Barcelona, Gaudí
architecture and sculptures impressed Brennand so much that they became
one of the main influences of his work. In 1953, in Umbria, Italy, he
became a trainee at a faience factory so that he could improve his
knowledge of ceramic art.
When he returned to Brazil,
Brennand started working intensively, doing paintings and ceramic
expositions in many museums and art galleries all over Brazil. He
created murals for buildings in Recife and abroad. In 1971, he started
working at an old brick and roof factory that was purchased for him by
his father. The space was enormous, with over 10.000 m2 of buildings
alone. From here
transformed industrial space into a magic chamber of art and mystic
atmosphere which has continuously recreated inself through his artistic
The massive fortress-museum covered entirely with ceramic is surrounded by pristine forest and just a few kilometers outside of the central city. Olaria
de Brennand is a ceramics factory with a display area of thousands of
"Don't break this silence, don't stop my dream"
Brennand Francisco Brennand's atelier of ceramic art is a factory and a
museum at the same time. It has temples, galleries and a garden
designed by Roberto Burle Marx. The artist creates symbols and
allegories from mud, in panels on walls (with phrases of writers and
artists) or images in niches. The atelier is one of the most important
tourist points from Recife. It has more than 3.000 of Brennand’s creations,
a shop store - Bibliopolion - where one can find books about the
artist, ceramic art, post cards and t-shirts, and a delicious café,
Cantina dos Deuses.
didn't seek for the essence of each material, they produced it
through a long purification and transmutation process"
Address: Bairro da
Phone: + 55 81 3271-2466
Directions: Propriedade Santos Cosme e Damiao Bairro da Varzea -
Recife - PE
Definitely one of the must-sees of Recife. bootsnall.com/
Directions: take a taxi from the Caxanga bus station or even central Recife
Address: Alameda Antonio Brennand, Engenho São João,
Phone: 55 81 32711544
Visit schedule: from Tuesday
to Sunday, 10 am till 5 pm.
HISTORY OF RECIFE & OLINDA
The settlement was established by the Portuguese in 1537, as a suburb of the now historic city of Olinda, and remained Portuguese until the independence of Brazil, with the exception of a brief period of Dutch occupation in the 17th century between 1630 and 1654. During this period the first synagogue of the Americas was founded in the city, and for this brief time Recife became one of the most cosmopolitan cities of the world. The inhabitants fought on their own to expel the Dutch, being helped by the involvement of the Dutch in the First Anglo-Dutch War. This was known as the Insurreição Pernambucana (Pernambucan Insurrection). Most of the Jews fled to North America, originating the Jewish community of New Amsterdam (currently known as New York City).
Olinda is considered as the
birthplace of the Brazilian
republic and it was the focus of an important cultural
revival with the foundation of one of the two first
graduate courses of the country,
The Juridical Courses, were founded at the same time in
São Paulo and Olinda in 1827. Today this historic fact is translated
the first cultural capital of Brazil"
After that, during the 19th century, riots spread through the city, when the rich farmers of Olinda and the traders from Recife clashed. Recife had a clear adventage in relation to Olinda: Olinda has no harbour, while Recife's Harbor is one of the best on the Atlantic. This was a decisive factor aiding Recife's success. Recife is now a large city whereas Olinda is a small historical town.
The state retains many traces of the Dutch occupation, which occurred in the 17th century. The economy is based on agriculture (sugar cane, manioc), the raising of cattle and other animals, and industry (food products, chemicals, metallurgy, electronics, and textiles). Irrigated farming in the São Francisco Valley has achieved marked success with such crops as tomatoes, onions, grapes, and watermelon. Pernambuco occupies an area of 98,937.8 sq. kms. The capital is Recife.
In 1534, the hereditary captaincy of Pernambuco was granted to Duarte Coelho, who founded Recife and Olinda and introduced the cultivation of sugar cane, which would play an important role in the economic history of the country. Between 1630 and 1654, Pernambuco came under Dutch dominance, which brought major cultural, economic, and social changes during the administration of Prince John Maurice of Nassau. The spirit of nativism and self-government, spurred by the expulsion of the Dutch, finally led to the Peddlers’ War (a derisive reference to merchants of Portuguese origin) between Olinda and Recife in 1711.From this point on, and with the decadence of sugar production, the region entered a period of decline. In the 19th century Pernambuco was the site of a series of separatist uprisings: in 1811 (the Suaçunas Conspiracy), 1817 (the Pernambucan Revolution), 1825 (the Equatorial Confederation), and the last in 1848 (the Beachcombers Revolution).
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Playcenter Av.: Agamenon Magalhães s/n - Salgadinho - Olinda - PE
In Olinda the Folclore Nordestino festival at the end of August is a
highlight of dance and music from the entire northeastern region.
English & Espanol
"We got to the Cabanga Yacht Club and the crew was
waiting. We were going to do another dive on the Vapor Pirapama, but
this time in the daylight. At the site, the color and clarity of the
ocean reminded me of Bonaire. During the day the wreck was covered
in parrotfish, sergeant majors, sea turtles and rays. "
Pod Diver Radio/Joseph
MUSEU DA CIDADE DO RECIFE
Its contents range from maps to photos to art and household
pieces found in the excavations of the building that now houses the
"Fort of Five Points" was
originally built by the Dutch in 1630 but that has been
replaced by a Portuguese structure built in the traditional square
Address : Praça das Cinco Pontas, s/n, Bairro de São
José, Recife. Phone: (81) 3224-8492 Mon-Fri
9am-6pm; Sat-Sun 1-5pm
Bus: São Jose
: Mondays through Fridays, from 10:00 a.m.
to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
MUSEU DO HOMEM DO NORDESTE
This museum holds more than 3,500
pieces, with special emphasis on indigenous culture and the main
aspects of lifestyle in colonial Northeastern Brazil. Its pieces
refer back to the colonial period.
Three sections: anthropology, popular art with
superb ceramic figurines; and a pharmacy exhibit about the region's
herbal/indigenous medicine. It is
considered to be Recife's best museum.
Address: Av. 17 de Agosto, 2187, Casa Forte, Recife.
Phone: (81) 3441-5500
CASA DO CARNAVAL
Plays an important role in helping
people do research on Brazilian Carnival. Holds important historic
materials from the several Carnival clubs and associations in Recife.
Address : Pátio de São Pedro, 42, São José, Recife.
Phone: (81) 3424-4942
Mamulengo Puppet Museum Olinda (tel.
081/3429-6214; open Tues-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun 11am-5pm; free
admission on Rua Treze de Maio). The three-floor museum
assembles puppets [bonecos]
used in Northeastern folk drama. Some have hidden
levers that cause them to stick out appendages.
Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Pernambuco
(Museum of Contemporary Art; tel. 081/3429-2587 Olinda)
Almost next door to the above puppet museum
MUSEU DE CINÊNCIAS NATURAIS
Stuffed mammals, insects and reptiles can be found here.
Address: The City Zoo (Horto do Parque dois Irmãos, Recife.)
MUSEU DO TREM
This museum has parts and instruments that were used last century in
the construction of the Northeastern Railroad Track. It also
presents to the public at large a number of locomotives, English
china, pictures of the first trains to run in the region, etc.
Address: Central Station (Estação Central – Praça Visconde de
Mauá, São José, Recife.)
Admission : Free
MUSEU DO ESTADO
A museum of the State’s history and anthropology. Former residence
of the Baron of Beberibe (19th century). Holds important
pieces that date back to the time of the Dutch settlement and the
Colonial period; frescos commemorating the Battle of Guararapes and
Address : Av. Rui Barbosa, 960, Graças, Recife.
Phone: (81) 3427-9322
MUSEU MURILO LA GRECA
Holds over a thousand drawings and 200
paintings that express Murilo La Greca’s conscious rejection.
Visitors will be able to find, among other things, Murilo’s
collection of 8 rpm long plays, as well as a few of his personal
belongings. Murilo studied painting in Naples with Belles Arts
teacher Emílio Notte.
Address: R. Leonardo Cavalcanti, 366, Parnamirim,
Recife. Phone: (81) 3268-8011
MUSEU DA ABOLIÇÃO
Works in a manor house (Sobrado Grande
da Madalena). Founded in 1983, it exhibits in its Memorial Hall a
collection of objects which refer back to the 18th and
the 19th centuries. It also has an auditorium and an
amphitheater, where cultural and educational programs are developed.
Address : R. Benfica, 150, Madalena, Recife. Phone:
MUSEU DE ARTE MODERNA – MAMAM
Exhibition of the works of several
Address : R. da Aurora, 265, Boa Vista, Recife.
Phone: (81) 3423-3007
MUSEU MILITAR DO FORTE DO BRUM
Founded in 1985, the museum exhibits
its collection of English and Portuguese cannons, fire weapons,
photos and objects that depict the participation of the Brazilian
Air Force in World War II. The museum is located inside the Brum
Fortress, built in the 17th century.
Address: Pça. Comunidade Luso-Brasileira, s/n,
Bairro do Recife, Recife.
FUNDAÇÃO GILBERTO FREYRE
All about Gilberto Freyre’s life; his
furniture, personal belongings, books he wrote, etc.
Address: R. Dois Irmãos, 320, Apipucos, Recife.
Phone: (81) 441-1733
MUSEU DE ARTE CONTEMPORÂNEA
Works of famous Pernambuco artists
like Bajado and João Câmara, to name a few.
Address: R. 13 de Maio, s/n Olinda. Phone: (81)
MUSEU DE ARTE SACRA DE PERNAMBUCO
Sacred pieces of art on permanent
display. Today, it occupies the former home of the Bishop of
Address : R. Bispo Coutinho, 726, Alto da Sé, Olinda.
Phone : (81) 3429-0032.
MUSEU LULA CARDOSO AIRES
Permanent exhibition of the artist’s
works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, etc.
Address: R.Hermínio Alves Queiroz, 1416, Piedade,
Jaboatão dos Guararapes. Phone: (81) 3341-1932
OBSERVATÓRIO CULTURAL MALAKOFF
It offers public events in the
field of science, art and technology. The tower was restored in
1999, but its original characteristics were preserved. It holds a
virtual library and an environment for cultural events. It is also
the venue for Espaço Ciência.
Address: Praça do Arsenal da Marinha, Recife Antigo,
FEDERAL DA PERNAMBUCO
Cidade Universitária, Recife - PE - CEP: 50670-901
Fone PABX: (81) 2126.8000 / Fax: (81) 2126.8029