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Address: Rua Floriano Peixoto, s/n, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50020-060, Brazil
Phone Number: (81) 3224-2850

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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Worth a visit even if you don't want to shop!

The Casa da Cultura was once a Colonial prison which was in use until 1973. It is now a shopping mall where all the old cells have been converted into little souvenir shops. To be... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2016
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Recife, PE
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016 via mobile

Must go on a rainy and buy many souvenirs. We went with uluwatour in a private van. Must stay at least 1 hour to ser everything.

Thank IzaeCaio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The concept of this place is quite interesting. As you shop here, you can see the structure of the old prison. The craft shopping here is not nearly as impressive as the area just southeast of the port. The goods here are okay, but the quality doesn't seem to be there. It's a good bit out of the way for... More 

Thank Lawrence H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2016

The Casa da Cultura was once a Colonial prison which was in use until 1973. It is now a shopping mall where all the old cells have been converted into little souvenir shops. To be honest, I wasn't in the least bit interested in the shops, but I was fascinated by the architecture of the building which was designed in... More 

Thank NikkifEssex
Frankfurt, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

Its not a bad place, and indeed it was very good what they did with the old prison structure (kudos to the Recife government!), but in real terms its just a glorified mall with overpriced souvenirs.

Thank KaueMC
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

This is a fine example of jail arquitecture on three floors and on a cross blueprint; three long wings and a short entry/administrative one. Must be said that some irresponsible politician built useless and horrible steel and glass elevators that completely spoiled the eyecatch of the jail corridors. Apart from that, the visit is worth, and some shiver still goes... More 

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Bogor, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

If you would like to buy a hand craft see some traditional "folklore" presentations that is the place to go. It is a former prison converted to a place for culture and entertainment. During traditional festivities such as Saint John in June or Christmas in December you can also enjoy Christmas chorus and presentations. Highly recommend.

1 Thank lovetotraveling
Palm Coast, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

This is a very good place to visit. It has lots of crafts, food and sometimes they have groups performing traditional dances. This place was once a prison and then they made it into a cultural house. There is a cell that was kept in the original way and all the other ones are now craft stores. Great place to... More 

1 Thank MariaCFC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Great use off the old jail house as a gallery/craft store space. As a mater of fact, Architect Joe Day has written a book comparing prisons and art galleries. The crags are standard and the cost a bit higher but the convenience is worth it. I collect local crafts and found a piece but an artist not jus a mass... More 

1 Thank PorterHouse09
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

This is such a great concept - a former prison, with really interesting architecture, converted to a place for buying crafts and art. We always enjoy coming here, plus there are often special entertainment possibilities - for example, short shows of local music or dance (forro!) Highly recommended.

Thank gabrielphiladelphia
Recife, PE
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

in the center of the city you can visit "Casa da Cultura", an old building where held a prision decade ago. Each custody cell holds a store that sells very nice typical stuffs. You can find the best handcrafts from very talented artists from pernambuco. Many ladies start to make their bride's trousseau and baby outfits.

Thank Ravella L

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