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Address: Rua Floriano Peixoto, Recife, State of Pernambuco 50020-060, Brazil
Phone Number: (81) 3224-2850
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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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amazing setting and incredible lace. The setting is an old prison and the shops are set up inside former prison cells. Very cool architecture. unique.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Kingston, Jamaica
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

amazing setting and incredible lace. The setting is an old prison and the shops are set up inside former prison cells. Very cool architecture. unique.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

This craft market "recycles" an old Portuguese prison and is full of little shops -- one in each cell. Most of the places sell the same type of stuff an the vendors can get a bit pushy. But worth the trip just to see the building!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

Good place to visit even if you are not going to buy any presents. The prisons are made into little stores selling different souvenirs.

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Recife, PE
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Essex
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 

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Frankfurt, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles 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.

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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.

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Palm Coast, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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