Se Cathedral, Olinda

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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. Use our Olinda attractions planning site to visit Se Cathedral on your trip to Olinda, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Cathedral is a spectacle. The architecture is very beautiful, although it is in need of a redo. Their beauty lies mostly on your panoramic view. With a "balcony" which gives access to the coastal part of Olinda. The view is wonderful, showing almost all the beaches and much of the town of Olinda and Recife. It really is a spectacular place.
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  • Olinda is really beautiful, and the Cathedral da Sé has a wonderful view, but your external conservation status may improve. Other than that, I thought all gorgeous!
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  • When I went to church was closed. People get around to take pictures because the landscape really is beautiful. Other than that, no big deal.
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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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