Historical Places in Recife

MapBasilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Caramel - MAP 4 The Basilica and Convent have a very long history, dating back over four hundred years.  The first Carmelite friars arrived in Brazil in 1580, from Portugal and in 1584.  With the foundation of the first convent in Olinda, the first Brazilian festival in honor of Our Lady of Mount Caramel was started.  This festival is still popular and celebrated even today. In 1654 the Order of Mount Caramel was established in Re...
Capela DouradaCapela Dourada - MAP 7 Located on the Rua do Imperador, on the southern side of the Praca de Republica, the Capela Dourada is perhaps better known to English tourists as simply the Golden Chapel. This important religious building began its life as far back as 1696 and is therefore of particular historical significance in Recife. With Brazilian baroque architecture and a lavish interior filled with painted walls and ceilings, the Capela Dourada is a histori...
MapChurch and Monastery of St. Benedict - MAP Considered the richest church in Olinda, St. Benedict's totally baroque - carved cedar walls and covered with gold panels on the roof, sandstone columns, pulpits worked, sacristy sumptuous ... The greatest treasure is the altar, with 14 meters high and gold leaf from one extreme to another. The finished work has been exhibited in the Guggenheim Museum in New York. On Sunday mornings, the monks themselves open the heavy doors of rosewood...
MapConcatedral of Saint Peter of Clerics - MAP The Brotherhood of the Clerics of St. Peter, established in June 26, 1700, bought almost 20 years later, a garden and six houses situated in the middle of Green Water in the neighborhood of Santo Antônio da Vila Recife, for the construction of a church itself. An inscription in the church carried reports that the start of construction took place on May 3, 1728. Present were Fr José Fialho and the provider of the Brotherhood. The proje...
MapConvent of San Francisco - MAP 4 This convent is the oldest Franciscan monastery in Brazil, with construct starting in 1585 under the watchful eye of Friar Francsco dos Santos.  The Dutch ended up partitially destroying the Convent in 1631 and not until the seventeenth century was it fully restored and rebuilt.   The Convent of San Francisco is an excellent example of baroque architecture and of exceptional historic importance, and includes the Church...
Fort OrangeFort Orange - MAP Fort Orange & Crown of the AirplaneThe municipality of Itamaraca, about 50 miles north of Recife, has two attractions that are worth the ride. The first is the Orange Fort, built by the Dutch in 1631, in Taipei, and was rebuilt in stone by the Portuguese, 1654. Today the area is occupied by a museum where they are stored archaeological fragments found in excavations and panels with reproductions of historical maps. From there, looks out...
Forte das Cinco PontasForte das Cinco Pontas - MAP Erected in 1630 with five-pointed by the Dutch, was taken by the Portuguese and rebuilt in 1677, with stones and whale oil. Since 1982, the Museum serves as the City of Recife, with permanent exhibition of archaeological fragments and panels with reproductions of maps, lithographs, paintings and photos of ages 16 to 20 which depict the urban evolution of Recife. At the top of the old fort are cannons. Closed for renovations, with reopen...
Forte do BrumForte do Brum - MAP Forte do Brum is a fort built in 1626 by the Portuguese and completed in 1630 by the Dutch invaders.Then in 1654, the Dutch were expelled and the Portuguese rebuilt it.It is currently a military museum where are exposed arms, ammunition and uniforms from the time of the Dutch invasion up to nowadays.It is worth visiting as it is a building that has everything to do with the story of Recife and disputes between the Portuguese and Dutch i...
Golden ChapelGolden Chapel - This is one of the most beautiful baroque style churches in the country. Built between the 18th and 19th century, it displays an altar with gold covered engravings and beautiful paintings on the ceiling. It is integrated to a complex of buildings erected by the Franciscans, and it also has a convent, with religious tiled panels and the Franciscan Museum of Sacred Art, with a collection of images and sacred objects. It is open for visi...
MapHoly Sacrament or Saint Anthony Mother Church - MAP It is a baroque style church, from 1790, also known as Saint Anthony Mother Church, who is its patron. The interior is decorated with an enormous crystal chandelier and images of Saint Anthony and Saint Sebastian. It is located on Praça da Independência, in the Santo Antonio district. It opens daily from 7AM to 12PM and from 2PM to 6PM.
Igarassu historic siteIgarassu historic site - MAP The municipality of Igarassu is located approximately 30 km from Recife, on the northern coast of the metropolitan region of Pernambuco State. One of its main attractions, besides its beautiful sandy beaches and calm waters, is its Historic Site, one of the Civil and Religious Heritage of the most important country, which highlight the Church of Saints Cosmas and Damian, one of the oldest Brazil, and the Convent of St. Anthony, where is...
Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men Church - RecifeIgreja de N. S. do Rosário dos Homens Pretos - MAP Church of Our Lady of Rosário da Boa Vista, Recife, PELocated in the district of Boa Vista, the Church of Our Lady of Rosário da Boa Vista was built by the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men.The image of the patron saint Our Lady of the Rosary, almost life-size.. The tower was erected only in 1896. However, in 1831, the year he died Gervasio Pires, the temple must have been completed, because the remains of the illustr...
Kahal Zur Israel SynagogueKahal Zur Israel Synagogue - MAP Built in the 17th century, the Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue ranks as one of the oldest of its kind in the whole of Latin America and was founded by a group of Portuguese Jews. Recently restored and reopened, the synagogue plays an important part in documenting the city's history and enjoys a prominent situation on the Rua do Bom Jesus, close to the Teatro de Mamulengo.   Phone: +55 081 3224 2128 Cost: Charge (Unkno...
Malakoff Tower Cultural CentreMalakoff Tower Cultural Centre - MAP Centro Cultural Torre Malakoff Construction of the Torre Malakoff began in 1835 and lasted 20 years, with this monument being officially inaugurated in 1855, when it was used as both an observatory and a stylish gateway to the Praca Arsenal da Marinha (Navy Arsenal's Square). Distinctly pale yellow in colour, the Malakoff Tower was thoroughly renovated at the end of the 20th century and currently serves as an important cultural...
Olinda in RecifeOlinda - MAP Olinda is a municipality in the state of Pernambuco, in Recife Metropolitan Region, with 375,559 inhabitants, [3] is one of the best preserved colonial cities in Brazil. It was the second Brazilian city to be declared Historical and Cultural Patrimony of Humanity by UNESCO in 1982.Besides its natural beauty, Olinda is also one of the most important cultural centers of Brazil. It was declared in 1982, Historical and Cultural Heritage of ...
Our Lady of Carmo Basílica and Convent in RecifeOur Lady of Carmo Basílica and Convent - MAP 3 The Basilica and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Caramel was built in 1687 and has Baroque features. In the golden altar, the statue of the patroness Our Lady of Mount Caramel can be contemplated in size on the altar of the basilica, and the art gallery in the annex of the church, with paintings of the eighteenth century. The main altar houses valuable gold crowns and precious stones. It was in this convent, Friar Caneca ordained a prie...
Palace of PrincessesPalace of Princesses - MAP With neoclassical style, the Palácio do Campo das Princesas was so called during the visit of Emperor Dom Pedro II in honor of their daughters who were playing on the outskirts of the garden. Located in Santo Antonio, near the Republic Square - the scene of executions during the Revolution of 1817 - the Palace has undergone several reforms to reach its current form. His first construction took place in the sixteenth century to hou...
Antigo district in RecifeRecife Antigo - MAP The capital of Pernambuco is in constant ferment, and the pace that the consecrated - Frevo, led the revitalization of the Neighborhood of Recife, an area where training began in the city. One of the greatest achievements of the then mayor of Recife, Jarbas Vasconcelos, was the revitalization of Old Recife. With support from private enterprise, the mansions of the past century have been restored, as well as paving, lighting and landscap...
Saint Peter of Clerics Cathedral - Built in 1782, it is a replica of the Great Santa Maria Sanctuary in Rome. Its altar is made of rosewood and the pulpit is engraved in gold. The main chapel”s wooden ceiling is sculpted with Saint Peters weapons and the image of the Twelve Apostles and the 4 evangelists. It is located on Saint Peter Square, a charming square that gathers some historical constructions.