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Pernambuco House of Culture

Rua Floriano Peixoto s/n, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51345-660, Brazil
(81) 3224-2850
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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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  • Very good41%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“craft market” (5 reviews)
“jail cells” (3 reviews)
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Rua Floriano Peixoto s/n, Recife, State of Pernambuco 51345-660, Brazil
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(81) 3224-2850
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank Fredgd2004NYC
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Reviewed 23 March 2017 via mobile

Biggest tourist trap we have ever been to. There is plenty of opportunity to do souvenir shopping, but that is it. It is a old prison and that is kind of interesting. Every cell is a new shop, but all selling pretty much the same....More

1  Thank TwoAndAHalfTraveller
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Reviewed 23 February 2017

This is an interesting converted jail offering many small stores with craft and souvenirs. The stores are located I. The cells and therefore very small but they do offe a wide variety of items and there is no pressure sales. Pleasant place to spend an...More

Thank Anthony S
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Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

Former jail transformed in a cultural site. Nice to visit. All jail cells were restored but maintaining the athmosphere

Thank Nicola L
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Reviewed 16 December 2016 via mobile

Not big, all art shops pretty much the same. Some info in english is missing, its a pitty due to the rich history of the prison/art market. Nice building for a quick stroll.

Thank 468guyh
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Reviewed 9 December 2016

A nice place to visit, a old prison with lots of little shops in the old cells, and it is a great place to buy you're souvenirs, the only thing I did not like was that a lot of shops are selling exactly the same...More

Thank dadvries
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

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.

Thank ciaim
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Reviewed 30 October 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...More

Thank HerouxFamily
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Reviewed 2 September 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.

Thank Miriam B
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Reviewed 21 May 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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