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Artisan stalls.

Housed in the former Casa De Detencao, this Tourist Centre offers respite from the very humid... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
Quality and affordable products!

I really enjoyed the time we spent off our cruise ship in this former prison, now a thriving centre... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2017
Gold Coast, Australia
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Aug 13, 2018
“Artisan stalls.”
Mar 4, 2017
“Quality and affordable products!”
Old Public Jail is now a Tourism Center
Rua Senador Pompeu 350 | City Center area, Fortaleza, State of Ceara 60025-000, Brazil
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

Housed in the former Casa De Detencao, this Tourist Centre offers respite from the very humid outdoors, with its corridors of small stalls featuring knick-knacks, artisan crafts and local lacework. Prices seemed reasonable. There are toilets here too, though you have to search for them.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Aglassortwo
Reviewed March 4, 2017

I really enjoyed the time we spent off our cruise ship in this former prison, now a thriving centre for arts and crafts. The 19th Century prison's cells now house a huge number of stalls or shops, most of whom seem tro be selling the...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank mccorquinn
Reviewed February 20, 2017

Plenty of small artisan shops offering plenty of things for the tourist. Lots of embroidery and lace. There were some wood carvings and also a stall offering cashews which were excellent. Located in an old jail it is an interesting building set up, in a...More

Date of experience: February 2017
Thank Anthony S
Reviewed February 9, 2017

This is near to the cathedral and fort so worth a visit if you are in the area but not worth making a special trip to get there. The small shops offering too much of the same type of tourist souveniers are situated off two...More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Cakeij
Reviewed February 1, 2017

It is a very traditional place where you can see a huge variety of clothes, lining sheets for beds and tables, hats, sandals etc...it is quite interesting to see. Worth value the visit, which is free by the way.

Date of experience: January 2017
Thank Marcelo T
Reviewed July 15, 2015

For those who have been to the Brazilian Northeast a few decades ago, what we see now in this handcrafts market seem to be always the same thing, no matter where you are. It is disappointing.

Date of experience: July 2015
Thank NelsonFJobim
Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is housed in a former prison. Once inside, it is a sort of relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Most of the stalls sells local handicraft, mainly fabric made products. Prices are more or less the same even compared to the...More

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank nldogbert
Reviewed March 9, 2015

It was ok... But same as the Central Market, same as the Night market. All sell very similar goods. But nice enough for a quick visit OR if you are looking for something in particular.

Date of experience: March 2015
Thank ri_tteb
Reviewed September 7, 2014

Amazing! And beautiful handmade everything stuff possible! Support the local and buy there! The lace is one of the most famous in the world. It take hours and days to be finished by local lady. The price is a bit salty, but is something you...More

Date of experience: October 2013
Thank Vanessa P
Reviewed August 5, 2014

We walked over to the Centro de Turismo do Ceará after wandering through the few floors of Mercado Central. While the grounds and architecture of the former prison were mildly interesting, I guess I was expecting more craftsmanship or local flavor to the shops in...More

Date of experience: June 2014
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