Olinda is one of the most historic cities in Brazil. It is located in the Pernambuco region, on Brazil’s northeastern coast. It is one of UNESCO’s cities of heritage. Olinda has several ancient Portuguese buildings, including a church, a place of settlement and several other unique buildings. If you like historical sights, then this is the ideal city to visit. In addition, each year Olinda holds the Olinda Carnival. One of the main attractions are papier-mâché puppets made to look like famous figures such as Homem da Meia-Noite (man of Midnight).
- Market Eufrásio Barbosa
This old market is located in Varadero, formerly known as the city center. At first, this place was built as a factory for baked goods and candy, but now this market is a tourist destination because of its beautiful ancient architecture.
- Monastery of Saint Benedict
The church and monastery are one of the most famous places in Olinda. The church was built in 1761. It is known for its beautiful baroque architecture, with a gilded altar, carved cedar walls, and rosewood doors. Every afternoon the courtyard is a meeting point for residents and tourists.
- Museum of Sacred Art
This museum is located in the Alto da Se and was built in 1676 as the Olinda town hall and palace of the bishops. Now it is a museum with a wide variety of ancient and modern art, some dating all the way back to the 16th century.
- Museum of Contemporaneous Art
This museum was built in the late 18th century and was originally used as a religious prison. In 1966, it was declared Brazilian National Heritage. It then opened as a museum exhibiting some works of art by artists such as Cândido Portinari, Hilton das Gravuras, and Vicente Monteiro.
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