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 Church inside is very bare: inside there is the corpse of Dom Camara of Recife, criticized by the Vatican, which has devoted his life to the most needy.
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  • The Cathedral has a privileged view of the city, after the climb the slope of the Cathedral. The story of your construction is very interesting, many guides are nearby offering packages, is an option. The interior is wide and with sites that visitors do not have access. The vision of Olinda and room for several pictures. Worth checking out!
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  • The Church was closed when I visited, but the outside is beautiful, although some brands of little conservation, as well as the view of the city of Olinda. It is worth taking a few pictures, but beware of dirt from the site and keep an eye on their belongings.
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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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