Pernambuco House of Culture

Pernambuco House of Culture

Pernambuco House of Culture
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Speciality MuseumsArchitectural BuildingsEducational sites
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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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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KarenM1_10
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan1,045 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
We visited this market after our tour. The market is in an old jail cell. The inside was like a wheel with market stalls going down each of the aisles. There were several vendors with a great deal of repetition of product among vendors. There was a second floor, but no vendors were open on that level.
Written 26 May 2023
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JnVSydney
Greater Sydney, Australia20,386 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
An old (three winged) prison, built in the mid 1850's, now an artisans craft market the cells have been turned into stalls offering souvenirs, crafts and jewellery, quite a nice setting for a market.
Written 26 December 2022
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada12,390 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
The old Pernambuco State Prison has been transformed into an artisan market. Our cruise ship (Volendam) had a free shuttle here, so that's where everyone went. There were some nice things here but it seemed a bit sparsely populated for such a large location.
Written 15 May 2020
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pilipili2009
Anvers359 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Nice idea to transform a prison in a artisan shopping centre. From a shopping experience point of view, it has something special to offer. Shops are small, and most have a similar mix of products. Would make much more sense to make sure shops specialise in certain items. We did not buy a single item at this centre. We found much more interesting things to buy at the mercado de sao jose where we bought hammocks, clothes, kitchen utensils and many small presents.
Written 4 September 2019
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Ferdutch
Amsterdam, The Netherlands28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Couples
I really enjoyed it there so many handmade items they sell there, it is not very big so it does not take a long time to see everything, the only issue is that I think it is a bit expensive what they sell there, that's really not necessary.
Written 15 March 2019
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
The old construction, built between 1850 and 1867, housed the Pernambuco State Prison for over a hundred years. In 1976, after the closing of the prison and major renovation works, the former cells were converted into small shops and "Casa da Cultura de Pernambuco" was inaugurated. Today, it houses over 150 art and souvenir shops, including a bookshop, a snack bar and a restaurant serving regional specialties. It is interesting to visit the historical building, imagining how prisons looked in the 19th century ... Take a look at the shops, find some souvenirs to take back home and, depending on how many items you are buying, a little haggling, a small discount ... And keep going, there is so much to see in Recife. Enjoy!
Written 1 November 2018
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland28,612 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Solo
The 'Pernambuco House of Culture' was of interest to me architectonally as a former prison, dating from the mid-19th century - a cruciform building in tne Empire style. The place lasted as a prison for a bit more than 100 years. After it closed down, the local artist Francisco Brennand, known for his sculptures on the reef of Recife, made the suggestion to turn the place into a Cultural Center.

What the visitor will find here no are many souvenir shops on three levels in the former prison cells. I soon discovered that this is not a place to spend too much time in.
Written 28 October 2018
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AGED NOMAD
Hermanus, South Africa585 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
The building was originally a jail and it is interesting to see how it was set out for this purpose. Nowadays, what had been cells are now all, or nearly all, small shops selling mainly touristic memorabilia, clothing, etc. There are quite a number of individual shops but they tend all to sell much the same goods so there is not the variety one might hope for.
Written 16 July 2018
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960maartenr
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso241 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
The buildings has been restored quite a while ago and has been turned into a collection of art shops. Impressive but rather obscure, and many of the shops sell the same stuff
Written 9 April 2018
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Fredgd2004NYC
New York64 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Business
Its always good to visit the artisans, wood carvers and needle-point artists at this wonderful building in Old Recife. It used to be a prison, so the little arts and craft shops are what used to be the cells - the bars on the doors remain. So the feel is very rustic and authentic. My one qualm with it is the lack of parking.. quite annoying actually. So take Uber if you are going LOL.. but totally worth the experience..
Written 22 January 2018
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