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Pernambuco House of Culture

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Address: Rua Floriano Peixoto, s/n, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Phone Number: (81) 3224-2850
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Traditional music and dance shows are performed outside this cultural arts center, at one time a colonial prison, which now houses craft and souvenir shops and provides tourist information.

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Preservation of art and history.

Great use off the old jail house as a gallery/craft store space. As a mater of fact, Architect Joe Day has written a book comparing prisons and art galleries. The crags are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 9, 2015

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Frankfurt, Germany
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its not a bad place, and indeed it was very good what they did with the old prison structure (kudos to the Recife government!), but in real terms its just a glorified mall with overpriced souvenirs.

Thank KaueMC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fine example of jail arquitecture on three floors and on a cross blueprint; three long wings and a short entry/administrative one. Must be said that some irresponsible politician built useless and horrible steel and glass elevators that completely spoiled the eyecatch of the jail corridors. Apart from that, the visit is worth, and some shiver still goes... More 

Thank Giovanni L
Bogor, Indonesia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

If you would like to buy a hand craft see some traditional "folklore" presentations that is the place to go. It is a former prison converted to a place for culture and entertainment. During traditional festivities such as Saint John in June or Christmas in December you can also enjoy Christmas chorus and presentations. Highly recommend.

1 Thank lovetotraveling
Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a very good place to visit. It has lots of crafts, food and sometimes they have groups performing traditional dances. This place was once a prison and then they made it into a cultural house. There is a cell that was kept in the original way and all the other ones are now craft stores. Great place to... More 

1 Thank MariaCFC
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great use off the old jail house as a gallery/craft store space. As a mater of fact, Architect Joe Day has written a book comparing prisons and art galleries. The crags are standard and the cost a bit higher but the convenience is worth it. I collect local crafts and found a piece but an artist not jus a mass... More 

1 Thank PorterHouse09
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is such a great concept - a former prison, with really interesting architecture, converted to a place for buying crafts and art. We always enjoy coming here, plus there are often special entertainment possibilities - for example, short shows of local music or dance (forro!) Highly recommended.

Thank gabrielphiladelphia
Recife, PE
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18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

in the center of the city you can visit "Casa da Cultura", an old building where held a prision decade ago. Each custody cell holds a store that sells very nice typical stuffs. You can find the best handcrafts from very talented artists from pernambuco. Many ladies start to make their bride's trousseau and baby outfits.

Thank Ravella L
Belem, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A lot of small cell converted to sell countless craft items. You must be choose wich stores to visit. It has three floors with elevator, security and parking (only need to pay the parking).

Thank dflopes
Recife, PE
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The place is nice, has payed parking and security. The shopping hitself is well fournished but you must be selective. Anyway Worth the displacement, you will Always find something nice and can visit the ancient recife who is nearby.

Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Imagine a very large historical prison, three stories high with four wings housing small cells for the prisoners. Now imagine the prison cells filled with folk art from the Nordeste do Brazil. Love it. . .each cell has a different personality depending on the lace being sold, handmade leather goods, jewelry from Indian tribes in the Amazon, or hundreds of... More 

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