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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
Description: Traditional music and dance shows are performed outside this cultural arts...
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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Would make a great hotel

Great building and I suppose it works as if everyone who visits buys one thing. Like many have said it is tourist tat, but my husband was struggling with the sun and needed a hat... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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Weston super Mare, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

Great building and I suppose it works as if everyone who visits buys one thing. Like many have said it is tourist tat, but my husband was struggling with the sun and needed a hat so it was a quick find and we could venture out in the January sun.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

The old prison setting is for sure interesting and well adapted to be currently a cluster of little shops where you can buy souvenirs and arts and crafts items. I think it's worth a visit and you may even buy something there (I got a hammock), but you'll soon notice the products on sale are very repetitive. 10s of vendors... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Lots of handicraft work, some snack or desserts. The place was a prison, with the stores placed inside the old cells. Worth the visit!

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new hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Well preserved old prison with each of the old cells now being a small craft store. Much of what is sold in the cells in tourist kitsch, but we found some interesting Brazilian hand crafts, fabrics, etc. throughout the building. If you are familiar with the traditional crafts of Northeastern Brazil, this is the place to find the real thing.... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A converted prison. If you want beautiful hand crafted items from Brazil to take home, this is the place, both for quality and value. Most of the merchants are the artist and they are eager to share their love of their city and what they do with anyone.

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Sao Paulo, SP
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

The building is beautiful, a well preserved colonial jailhouse turned into a factory made handcraft mall.

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Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

For those taht love art crafts, must visit this place. It's well located in downtown area, ot's very easy to reach and park there. You find a lot of diferent art crafts, very beautiful ones, and the prices are ok. It's a place that must been visited for the turists and for the people that live there.

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Madona, Latvia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

nice idea to convert a penitentiary into shopping mall - don't go on rush hours, better in the morning

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Its smells bad and the wc and the place is not clean. I have never ever been to a place that stinks so much during the 2 hour visit we was there.

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Recife, PE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Lots of great artisan shops housed in an old prison. They kept one cell the way it is. Interesting historic building as well as nice stuff to buy.

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