Capela Dourada

Capela Dourada, Recife

Capela Dourada
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Rua do Imperador D. Pedro II, Recife, State of Pernambuco 44927-000 Brazil
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denise O
Seneca Falls, NY86 contributions
Would not let us in the door
Feb 2019 • Couples
We were travelers on a cruise ship with Recife as one of the stops. The ship had tours going to Capela Dourada which we decided not to take, but to walk there on our own. The ship gave us a lot of information and Capela Dourada was going to be our highlight of the day. In port we talked to a local tourist information on how to get to Capela Dourada and we were given directions. When we arrived we not allowed to enter the building do to the fact we had short pants on. However for some reason all the ship tours were allowed to enter no matter what the person was wearing including shorts, sandals, and tank tops. We checked every travel guide we were given and not one mentioned a dress code. Much less the tour information person in Recife saw how we were dressed and said nothing. My wife made sure her shoulders were covered because some places in other countries require that. We spoke to a tour guide that took people there last year and he never heard of that either. We have left Recife with out ever seeing the Capela Dourada.
Written February 8, 2019
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland20,231 contributions
decorated during prosprous times
Dec 2017 • Solo
The 'Capela dos Noviços' (Chapel of the Novices) in the Franciscan Convent in the Santo Antonio part of Recife is mostly known as 'Capela Dourada', because of all the gold, with which the woodwork in the chapel has been covered. This baroque church from the early 18th century was obviously constructed and decorated in times of affluence in Pernambuco. One wonders if this ecclesiastical building would be such a well known sight, if there hadn't been any gold in here.

Besides the gold there are azulejos, brought from Portugal, to be admired, also quite expressive sculptures of various saints, like Santa Izabel, a queen of Portugal, or San Ivo from England, where he is known as St.Ives, then San Rocco, the Patron aint of invalids and surgeons.

There are opening hours and an entrance fee. Photography without flash is allowed.
Written October 28, 2018
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Guy9120
Beveren, Belgium306 contributions
Nice church in the heart of Recife
Mar 2017 • Couples
The Capela Dourada (golden chapel) is part of a Convento. A visit to this church seems to be a must for all travel agents : the capela can be crowded and you really need some patience if you want to make some nice photos here. There is a lot of woodwork and gold to admire here and there are also lots of paintings. A visit of about half an hour is more than enough ...
Written November 16, 2017
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Libby in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH1,036 contributions
We visited the church as part of a city tour.
Feb 2017 • Couples
We visited this church as part of a city tour. Clearly, people in the area view this church as very special. By world standards, it is not nearly as nice as many cathedrals in most countries, but this would have been very special in its day. It has clearly passed its day and time and is in need of renovations. There is gold leaf all over the interior of one of the rooms. There is a courtyard garden that is nice, but with some work, it would be really special.

There are homeless people begging outside the church so mind your wallet and valuables.

This is really worth about half an hour.
Written March 14, 2017
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Tiago Fraga
Recife, PE201 contributions
The opulence of the Church in the brazilian colonial period
Nov 2016 • Couples
This chapel is covered of Golden leaves and paintings in the XVI centure's barroco style. Once called chapel of the novice, it was frequented by the Catholic Church's members called "leigos" (lay people) - the ones who hadn't had any religious bond with the church, but had enough Money to support its causes. And so begun the oppulence of the Ordem Terceira de São Francisco in Recife, and in the whole country (you will also find similar in luxuriance in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and João Pessoa). Today it functions as a museum, called Museu de Arte Sacra, where you will find a lot of pieces of the barroco period.
Written November 25, 2016
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thassio
Rio de Janeiro, RJ157 contributions
Not great, but worth the visit
Mar 2016 • Couples
I have seen "golden chapels" that were more impresive, and the lack of proper light and good xplanations about what is seen is a real thumbs down. But the place is truly beautiful and the ticket is really cheap, so it's worth a quick visit.
Written April 25, 2016
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Eddiemack
Pompano Beach, FL422 contributions
Gold, Gold & More Gold!
Jan 2016 • Friends
Our ship docked a short distance from the Old Town but shuttle buses transported us through the port area. Ample A/C taxis are available at the gate however, English speaking drivers were few.

The Old Town sits at the juncture of 2 rivers and due to many waterways is somewhat "Venice like". The old Colonial structures mix with high rises along the vibrant beach. On our way to Olinda, we drove over graceful bridges into to heart of Recife to the splendid "Golden Chapel" with its Baroque design covered in gold leaf before passing the Governor's mansion and the Theater. Meticulously restored pastel colored stucco buildings line the streets of nearby Olinda, a UNESCO colonial town from the 16th Century. The narrow winding streets of the town lead to the main square and cathedral. The former slave market is a potpourri of artists stalls displaying colorful tiles and wood carvings, Beaches in the area are plentiful.
Written February 16, 2016
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lovetotraveling
Bogor, Indonesia7 contributions
Peace
Jul 2015 • Solo
It is part of the Franciscan Order in Recife. Dated 1696 it is also called "Capela dos Noviços" Novice Chapel. It is a place for peace and pray. Most of the altar is made in gold and the furniture in jacaranda. Many famous artists of the period where involved in the building and decoration of the Chapel.
Written December 23, 2015
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MariaCFC
Palm Coast, FL254 contributions
Beautiful church
Apr 2015 • Solo
This church is beautiful. You will see a lot of golden decorations inside this church. There is a lot of history in this old historic church. In front of the church you will see several poor people begging for money. Be careful with your wallet if you decide to give money to them. I have heard cases where people lose their wallet to pick pockets in that area. To be safe visit the church first and still inside the church take the money from your purse or wallet and put in your hand and when you leave the church you can give it to the poor people. Just a safety tip. 😊beautiful church to visit.
Written November 24, 2015
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Ana Katarina G
Recife, PE14 contributions
Very Beutiful and impressive
Jan 2015 • Couples
Another beutiful and historical church which has more than generical atractives for the local because it is a simbolic church, so they have mny events in the year and the public apears
Written July 2, 2015
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