Bairro do Recife Walk (Self Guided), Recife

Recife is an old city and the Bairro do Recife is one of the oldest parts of it. When the city was established in 16th century, Bairro do Recife was the original settlement and the entire city grew from there. The sights, architectural views and attractions within this neighborhood are striking. Take this walk to see some of the most remarkable spots in the Bairro do Recife.
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Bairro do Recife Walk Map

Guide Name: Bairro do Recife Walk
Guide Location: Brazil » Recife (See other walking tours in Recife)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Memorial de Justiça de Pernambuco
  • Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar
  • Malakoff Tower
  • Praça Artur Oscar
  • Teatro Apolo
  • Edifício Luciano Costa
  • Instituto Cultural Banco Real
  • Marco Zero
  • Paço Alfándega
Memorial de Justiça de Pernambuco

1) Memorial de Justiça de Pernambuco

Since 1997, the Memorial de Justiça de Pernambuco has been located in a building that earlier was a train station. The Memorial is an archive and museum with all kinds of historical and legal documentation about Pernambuco, as well as other memorabilia related to justice in Pernambuco. The Memorial de Justiça de Pernambuco also houses a permanent exhibition on the history of the Court of Pernambuco. They also have other thematic exhibitions that change occasionally. The museum can be visited Mondays – Fridays from 13:00 until 17:00.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar

2) Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar is a beautiful church that was built in 1680 on the place where the Fort St. George once stood. Fort St. George was destroyed during the resistance against the Dutch. During the construction of the church, materials from the destroyed fort were used due to a tight budget. The church is also famous for having its main chapel built in a form of a semi-spherical dome. In order to see the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Pilar, you have to turn right at the Rua do Pilar and pass 65 meters until you reach the church.
Malakoff Tower

3) Malakoff Tower

Malakoff Tower is a tower built between 1835 and 1855 to be used as an observatory and as the main entrance and gateway for Arsenal da Marinha square. It has been registered as a Historical Patrimony and was named after a similar monument on the Crimean peninsula, used as a defense center for Sevastopol on the Crimean war. When the arsenals of the Navy were dismantled with the beginning of the Brazilian Republic, the tower was transferred to the heritage of Recife port and then abandoned and endangered. The city population, in association with cultural institutions leadership, mobilized against the demolition, using as an example the real strength of Malakoff on the Crimean war.

The tower was renovated in 1999, keeping the old features of the Tunisian-style monument. Today, it is a cultural area and astronomical observatory. Cultural area – has the proposal involving science, art and technology. Works with exhibitions of photos, comics, among others and it is used to do popular manifestations as well. Astronomical observatory - it is one of the two astronomical observatories belonging to the space science museum. One here, at the Malakoff Tower, and the other one located in Olinda.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Praça Artur Oscar

4) Praça Artur Oscar

Praça Artur Oscar (formerly Praça Arsenal) is a popular place for dates and fun outings during evenings in Recife. The square has the bust of Admiral Tamandaré, who is a famous hero of the Brazilian Navy, a fountain and many social and entertainment events during the year, including the Carnival. Also, around here are located a large number of restaurants, cafes and nightclubs.
Teatro Apolo

5) Teatro Apolo

Teatro Apolo is the oldest theatre in Recife. It was built in 1842, in a neoclassical style by the architect Rio de Barros Lopes Joaquim Cabral and Teive. After eighteen years of work the theatre was transformed into a sugar warehouse and only its marble facade was preserved. Later the theatre was restored back to being a theatre and since 1996 has housed a live theater with performances all year long.
Edifício Luciano Costa

6) Edifício Luciano Costa

Edifício Luciano Costa is a famous building in Recife. It was built in 1959 in a eclectic style by the architect Delfim Amorim. This modern building is a popular topic of conversation amongst architects in Recife. The Edifício Luciano Costa is a triangular, three story building with a covered central courtyard. The building is used for offices.
Instituto Cultural Banco Real

7) Instituto Cultural Banco Real

Instituto Cultural Banco Real was built as office space for the London River Plate Bank Ltd. Now it is the headquarters of the Instituto Cultural Banco Real and a very popular tourist attraction. Also triangular-shaped, it is a true masterpiece of Beaux Art architecture. Be sure to notice the cylindrical turret facing the Marco Zero plaza. The building houses three galleries, an auditorium, libraries and a panoramic terrace. The exhibitions within the Instituto Cultural Banco Real showcase artwork by emerging and well-known Brazilian artists.
Marco Zero

8) Marco Zero (must see)

Here is where Recife started because it was the most suitable spot to construct a port. Later, from here the whole city grew, so Marco Zero is considered the heart of Recife. The square is surrounded by buildings with stunning architecture. The place is used by locals for different festivals and other social events during the year. From Marco Zero you can see the Recife from where the name of the city originated, as well as the Parque de Esculturas (Sculptures Park) by Francisco Brennand, a famous Brazilian artist. There are some boats on location that can take you closer to the Sculptures Park.

Why You Should Visit:
A great starting point to visit Recife, besides being the place where all the action happens during carnivals and also the major concerts, demonstrations...

Go in the late afternoon and watch the sunset followed by dusk, with the city lights sparkling. The weather is milder, so take the time to walk, pedal or skate.
During the day, check out the artisan shop right on the square that has great handcrafts at very reasonable prices.
Paço Alfándega

9) Paço Alfándega

Paço Alfándega is a famous shopping mall and a local landmark. Originally, the structure was built in 1732 to house a convent. Later, the building became a Customs House. In 2003, it opened as a great shopping mall. It has about 80 stores. Some of the beautiful old features of the building were preserved and from the fourth floor patio you can enjoy the great view over Recife and the sea.

Walking Tours in Recife, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Recife

Create Your Own Walk in Recife

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Recife History Museums Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.3 Km or 3.3 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Bairro Santo Antonio Walk

Bairro Santo Antonio Walk

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Recife Introduction Walking Tour

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In addition to the many rivers, bridges and peninsulas making up most of what's unique about Recife, the main city of the Brazilian state Pernambuco is also famous for its historic downtown area originated in the 16th century. Follow this orientation walk and learn about the past and present of this exiting destination!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.5 Km or 2.2 Miles