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Pernambuco House of Culture, Recife

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#3 of 106 in Museums in State of Pernambuco
Architectural Building Educational Site
Recife’s former House of Detention is an unusual home for a shopping mall. Craft shops, galleries, and coffee shops occupy old cells, while one has retained its original features to remind you of the building’s macabre past. As well as an outdoor food court where you can try typical delicacies of the region, you will find an internet cafe, research rooms, a theater, and the offices of various cultural organizations. Pernambuco House of Culture also plays host to a variety of events throughout the year including concerts, folklore demonstrations, and artistic performances. With our world travel planner, Recife attractions like Pernambuco House of Culture can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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It's no surprise that the vast majority of accommodations in Recife crowd around the city's long expanses of shorefront. Consider the southern coastal neighborhood of Boa Viagem for instant access to miles of vibrant beachfront, the prime location for locals and tourists alike to make the most of the sunshine. As well as high-end hotels and beach resorts, you can opt to stay in a range of fun, budget hostels, thanks to Recife's ever-growing popularity among backpackers. If you want something a bit quieter, look to the nearby historical town of Olinda, just 6 km (3.7) north of the city center. From there, you can easily make day--or night--trips to Recife proper.
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  • Biggest tourist trap we have ever been to. There is plenty of opportunity to do souvenir shopping, but that is it. It is a old prison and that is kind of interesting. Every cell is a new shop, but all...  more »
  • This is an interesting converted jail offering many small stores with craft and souvenirs. The stores are located I. The cells and therefore very small but they do offe a wide variety of items and the...  more »
  • Former jail transformed in a cultural site. Nice to visit. All jail cells were restored but maintaining the athmosphere  more »