Olinda & Recife's Jewish Heritage
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Approximately 4 Hours
Visit Olinda, the colonial regional capital of Pernambuco, with its grand houses and quaint churches.
Step inside at the São Salvador Gallery and see the Alto da Sé, Sé Cathedral and Misericordia Church. From the latter, take a moment to admire the most beautiful view of Olinda and Recife. The Old Town of Olinda is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Returning to Recife, you will see Marco Zero -- a monument on the spot where Recife was founded by the Portuguese in 1537.
Walk down Bom Jesus Street, which once was the epicenter of the Jewish population in Recife. The synagogue and Jewish cultural center are still located here.
Visit Pernambuco Embassy -- an exhibition center featuring the famous giant carnival dolls from Olinda. The first giant dolls, representing famous people such as singers, football players, actors, etc, were made of papier maché. Today they are made of fiberglass, which is much lighter. This is a great opportunity to see a little of Olinda's carnival spirit and it's easy to imagine the parade itself with the giant puppets.
Wear comfortable walking shoes.