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Se Cathedral, Olinda

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Church Tourist Spot
The stunning mix of Renaissance, Baroque, and Ionic architecture of Se Cathedral demonstrates why Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Inside, a guide will explain the rich history of the church while you examine the Portuguese decoration tiles, gilded alters, and painted panels. You will also see the tomb of Dom Hélder Câmara, the beloved former archbishop. From the top of the church's two towers, you get a wonderful view of Olinda, the ocean, and the port of Recife. Around the cathedral, you will find local artisans peddling their wares. Try the tapioca, a delicacy well loved by the locals. To visit Se Cathedral on your trip to Olinda, use our Olinda vacation planner.
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  • The top of the cathedral provides wonderful views of the coastline- on the right we saw the built up beach area of Recife and on the left the less developed beautiful natural areas. Well worth a visit...  more »
  • First of all, get educational backgrounds of the church. Later, step on the top of church to have open wild views. Recife is just around corner. Costal line. Sea. Beach. What a day!  more »
  • Its an nice Trip: Go withe a Taxi from Recife to Olinda, old Center on the Coast Line. Then going up to the Cathedral (nice View to Recife), go to the Manufactors of Cultur Thinks (you can by little P...  more »
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  • Historical place, very beautiful, with stunning views of the city. Tourist guides, and very knowledgeable, explain and accompany on all sides (Please give good tips, all the guides are fruits of local social projects).
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  • The Cathedral da Sé is located in the upper part of Olinda and has a beautiful panoramic view to the sea and reef. Very beautiful architecture and imposing building. There are several sights and restaurants next door. Stay tuned for timetables that are not always followed. Recommend
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  • Catholic or not worth knowing this historic site. The view is beautiful and pan in certain locations, excellent for shooting. The car access is a bit tricky, but not impossible (very steep and pavement stones). Next, there are some shops to buy souvenirs.
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Where to stay in Olinda

In keeping with the city's quaint heritage and architecture, most of the accommodations in Olinda are small, family-run inns or private rentals. This generally keeps prices low, with plenty of budget options available, although during carnival time expect to pay triple the usual rate on almost any inn or hotel in town. The old-town neighborhood of Carmo, with its proximity to many of the best attractions in Olinda, offers by far the highest concentration of places to stay and allows you to immerse yourself in the charming surroundings. Look along the city's northern coast to find several good beachside hotels where you can relax and find easy access to the water.
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