Zero Marker is a place located in the central vicinity of Old Recife. From here you can get to see the attractive view of the coral reefs. On the reef, there's a green pillar whose crown is shaped in the form of a tulip. The creator of this pillar is the famous sculptor Francisco Brennand who has his own museum on the other side of the town, where you can see some of his wonderful creations.
Address: Museum: Oficina de Ceramica Francisco Brennand, Av. Cachanga, Varzea, Recife, Brazil
Tel: +55 81 3271-2466
Opening Hours: 8pm to 6pm (Mon – Fri)
A little away from Zero Marker is the oldest attraction of Recife, Rua do Bom Jesus Island. This part of Recife was founded by the Portuguese. The Kahal Zur Synagogue is located here which is a good place to visit, if you love to see historical places. Outdoor concerts, which are generally free for the public, are held here during the weekends. Praca Artur Oscar, known for its nightlife and Malakoff Tower which was a former astrological observatory is also located in this area.
Capela Dourada of Franciscan Order, also known as the Golden Chapel. The two storied arch of jacaranda and cedar is decorated with pure gold. Inside the Chapel the statue of Christ hangs on a golden cross with silver rays shining behind his head, giving the feel of Godliness. There is a small art museum inside the complex, which showcases a few silver and gold art works. Also worth a visit is the Church of the Ordem Terceiro de Sao Francisco whose highlight is its one wall which is painted with an oil painting depicting Franciscan monks getting crucified. Behind the altar, are the church archives made of jacaranda craftsmanship which are really attractive and valuable.
Address: Rua do Imperador Dom Pedro II 206, Recife, PE Recife, Brazil
Tel: +55 81 3224-0530
One of the most impressive monuments in Pátio de São Pedro is the cathedral of São Pedro dos Clérigos. The cathedral’s architecture was conceived by Manuel Ferreira Jácome and the structure was constructed between 1728 and 1782. The cathedral is famous for its Gothic styled innovative design. The ground floor, an extended rectangle, is divided into two parts, of which the smaller part is adorned with an octagonal nave. The interiors are designed in a flamboyant style with the pulpit, altars and galleries made of carved stone and doors of palisander wood. This is a popular attraction for tourists.
Address: T S Pedro, São José, Recife, 50020220, Brazil
Tel: +55 81 3224-2954
The São Pedro Courtyard got its name due to the church of the same name (São Pedro dos Clérigos) which was built in the 18th century. Before the church was built, all that existed in the square was an orchard and some residential buildings. In 1728, the residences were demolished to give way for the construction of the church. The shape of the courtyard, including the church has not changed much with time. Today the São Pedro Courtyard houses many famous bars and restaurants. Many events such as the Recife Carnival, Christmas, June Festivals, Black Cultural Events and the Sábado Mangue (Swamp Saturday) are held in the square. The Courtyard is also residence to the Casa do Carnaval (Carnaval House), Aloísio Magalhães Modern Art Museum and Visual Arts Training Centre.
Tel: +55 81 3232-2851, +55 81 3232-2864
This is a Baroque cathedral located to the west of the Santíssimo Sacramento, in Rua Nova. The construction of the church took a long time to complete. The structure itself was completed in early 18th century, but the interiors of the church which have been brilliantly carved and oil painted, were going on till 1771. Among the carvings, the most attractive is that of the Virgin whose artist is anonymous. The first battle of Guararapes has been depicted on the ceiling by famous painter João de Deus Sepúlveda in the 18th century.
Address: Rua Nova, 309 Recife, Brazil
Tel: +55 81 3224-3106