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Capela Dourada

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Capela Dourada

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The origin of the name Maragogi is of the old Tupi that means "river of the cats of the bush", was chosen that name due to the river that bathes the municipality. The municipality of Maragogi is located in the state of Alagoas, in the state of Maceió.<br><br>One of the main tourist attractions in the state, the tourist attractions that attract most in Maragogi are the beaches of Peroba, São Bento, Barra Grande and Burgalhau. Beaches of natural pools, calm sea, white sands and reefs where it is possible to bathe next to colorful fish.<br><br>Another strong point in Maragogi is its rural tourism in the farms Cachoeira and Marrecas.
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happyhubby37 wrote a review Feb 2019
Seneca Falls, New York86 contributions7 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2019
saronic wrote a review Oct 2018
Zurich, Switzerland17,246 contributions1,564 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2017
Guy9120 wrote a review Nov 2017
Beveren, Belgium307 contributions122 helpful votes
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 ...
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Date of experience: March 2017
Libby in Cincinnati wrote a review Mar 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio946 contributions268 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: February 2017
Tiago Fraga wrote a review Nov 2016
Recife, PE201 contributions80 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2016
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