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Pernambuco House of Culture

Rua Floriano Peixoto, s/n, Recife, State of Pernambuco, Brazil
(81) 3224-2850
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Ranked #20 of 133 attractions in Recife
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Educational Sites, Specialty Museums, Architectural Buildings
Owner description: Traditional music and dance shows are performed outside this cultural arts center, at one time a colonial prison, which now houses craft and souvenir... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Brazil
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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Cairns
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19 reviews 19 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

The building is interesting, and old prison turned into a shopping centre. Supposed to be craft, but we found little variety and not very enthusiastic shopkeepers - understable given they spend most of their days inside a old prison's cell. Misleading title - as we found with a few attractions in Recife - as there is very little cultural displays... More

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San Diego, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

My Brazilian wife and I are in the final week of a 5 week tour of the North East. She likes to visit jewelry anything ... Shops, stalls, mines, exhibits. The Casa da Cultura is actually A Dutch design dating to when the Dutch seized Recife to be the capital of Dutch Brazil. But within the Casa da Cultura are... More

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Sao Paulo, SP
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Brazilian handicrafts are famous everywhere and at Casa da Cultura you will find most of them from the Northeast part of the country. There are dozens of vendors and you can bargain everywhere. The site is also interesting because was a prison in the past and nowadays is one of the buildings of the old Recife, city founded in the... More

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Rio deJaneiro, Brazil
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2013

This used to be a prison and became a olace full of small shops ( before cells). You have long corridors, full os small shops where you can buy souvenires , pieces of art, table cloth,etc.After walking for hours, what about a short rest for a coffee, or snacks. On Thursday nights, they have shows with "forró music"- very common... More

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Recife, PE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Good to see how the one time Jail Cells are turned into traditional business activities. One can imagine how the prisoners were kept in the jail in old days! Good place to buy Recife specific artistic items...

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Recife, PE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2012

It's a converted prison, stuffed with local crafts, a great place to wander round bargain-hunting. Stall holders are friendly and helpful.

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