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Se Cathedral

Ladeira da Se, s/n - Olinda, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
(81) 3271-4270
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Ranked #12 of 138 Attractions in Recife
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The church itself is so simplistic you'll have a hard time wondering why all the fuss about it. Go for the beautiful sea views from the garden and mostly the surroundings of the plaza, with a colorful fair , people watching, etc...

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Vinhedo, SP
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41 reviews 41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

To Understand part of Brazilian history we should visit all churches n Recife. It is really enriching to our culture. The overview is awesome and you see a lot of art in the church. It is sad about preservation.

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Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This church is interesting, but very small. If you are driving all the way from Recife to visit this church, you may be surprised that there is really not much to see once you arrive. But the nearby view of the city and charming neighborhoods will make it worth your while.

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Madona, Latvia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

place is enchanting, but maintanance is the downside - many kids insit on offering their guide service, it could eventually get on your nerves (don't even touch them, you could end up in jail)

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Brisbane, Australia
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76 attraction reviews
165 helpful votes 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2013

There is a bit of a climb up to the church but its definitely worth it! The views are incredible of the whole area. The actual church isn't one of the more spectacular ones of Olinda but is still worth a look and a walk around. Go to the bar in front of the car park for a cold beverage... More

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London, United Kingdom
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124 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2012

The church itself on the outside is in need of a bit of cleaning to keep it looking nice. It's part of the very easy tour to walk around the different churches in Olinda though so worth passing by. It's further up the hill as well so you get some nice views of Olinda which has some nice greenery and... More

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Goiania, GO
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225 reviews 225 reviews
137 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2012

The church itself is not so interesting. It's small and being repaired now, but the view from there is amazing. Beautiful landscape.

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Senior Contributor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2012

A nice view, very pleasant with a lot of small shops around with artcrafts and tipical foods.

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Byron Bay
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

A nice old church on the hill of Olinda, with lots of gold plating on the alter and the various frames around the walls. A large stone plaza graces the front entrance. Note that this church has only one steeple, reason being that taxes were only payable to Vatican once the church building was completed.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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42 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2012

Very old and beautiful church. What an amazing view to the city of Olinda from there!

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