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Igreja da Se (do Salvador), Olinda
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Set against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean and surrounded by palm trees, Igreja da Se (do Salvador) is a simple but imposing cathedral, originally built in 1537. The building has suffered much over the centuries, first at the hands of the weather, which rotted the original building materials, then at the hands of Dutch invaders, who used it as a stable, until finally the cathedral burned down in 1631. The iteration of the building you will find today is the fourth reconstruction since then, and it attempts to recreate the style of the original 16th-century building. Make Igreja da Se (do Salvador) a part of your Olinda vacation plans using our Olinda trip itinerary maker.
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  • Olinda has been an important city, one of the oldest Brazilian cities. Little to l "inside the Church, the entrance door is remarkable, a few tiles and four panels depicting the Gospel. It is the large terrace which is the attraction because it dominates the old Portuguese quarter (unfortunately later burned by the Dutch), there seems to be at another time. It is the only place where one can have a great view of Recife and the sea. Alas, you'll be bombarded by vendors.
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  • CATHEDRAL HIGH GIVES YOU (our Lord Savior of the world) built with mud between 1537 and 1540 was the first Church in NE of the Brazil. In 1548 rises a new church which was destroyed and burned by the Dutch and which were then used as Calvinist Temple. In 1669, it was rebuilt in Gothic style and elevated to the status of Cathedral in 1676, when Olinda was elevated from village to city. In 1911 it was neo-Gothic, in 1936 eclectic and in 1974, during its last restoration returned to a style more similar to a transition between the Renaissance and the Baroque in style, the original colonial with three wooden doors, two ionic columns and two towers (the second was built in 1713 to be elevated to Cathedral). There are three main blocks, with the central body flanked by two equal towers. The interior is Baroque style with large columns of stone, wooden ceilings and images in oil painting, sculptures of wood and stone and rosewood furniture.
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  • Its surroundings are quiet and still has a gazebo with an incredible view! A beautiful panoramic view that mixes tops of churches with Palm trees.
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  • linda!!!!
  • Muito linda!!
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  • Beautiful church! Full of magic and history. Safety pin!
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  • You have a very nice view from up here. The Church is nothing special, like many in Brazil.
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