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Pernambuco House of Culture
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City Tour of Recife and Olinda from Porto de Galinhas
Ranked #12 of 224 things to do in Recife
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

Its smells bad and the wc and the place is not clean. I have never ever been to a place that stinks so much during the 2 hour visit we was there.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Lots of great artisan shops housed in an old prison. They kept one cell the way it is. Interesting historic building as well as nice stuff to buy.

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Reviewed July 18, 2013

The building is interesting, and old prison turned into a shopping centre. Supposed to be craft, but we found little variety and not very enthusiastic shopkeepers - understable given they spend most of their days inside a old prison's cell. Misleading title - as we found with a few attractions in Recife - as there is very little cultural displays except for the building itself.

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Reviewed June 14, 2013

My Brazilian wife and I are in the final week of a 5 week tour of the North East. She likes to visit jewelry anything ... Shops, stalls, mines, exhibits.

The Casa da Cultura is actually A Dutch design dating to when the Dutch seized Recife to be the capital of Dutch Brazil. But within the Casa da Cultura are many local artesian shops, each with its own prison looking cell. Where better to keep safe jewels?

One of the best Brazilian precious stone stores we found in Brazil after 5 years of serious travel here is Aguamarina. 3rd generation owner and jewelry craftsman Leon Abramof, he created some interesting bracelets that mixed the various colors of the Brazilian precious stones. Reasonably priced. About 20% of USA prices now that we've been searching online for similar high quality pieces. Needless to say, I'll have a higher credit card bill than planned, but a more than usual smiling wife.

Garimpo Jewelry on the opposite side of the Casa also had some high quality stones, enough so that we also acquired an earring set.

There are well priced wholesales of raw and polished stones in Brazil as well, such as nearrby the Sao Paulo domestic airport, but sometimes we find local artesian have higher quality ones at better prices, and the set jewelry pieces are more interesting. By example in Jericoacoara we found very high quality Colombian emeralds and Brazilian ones at a little unassuming Argentinian jewelers shop on a side street. Worth the hunt. Again around 20% of the USA price.

After this bargain hunting, go have lunch at the oldest restaurant in Brazil, Leite. It's but three blocks over walking.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Brazilian handicrafts are famous everywhere and at Casa da Cultura you will find most of them from the Northeast part of the country. There are dozens of vendors and you can bargain everywhere. The site is also interesting because was a prison in the past and nowadays is one of the buildings of the old Recife, city founded in the XVII century. Look for the table cloths, famous among Brazilians households.

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