Bairro Santo Antonio Walk (Self Guided), Recife

Santo Antonio is a beautiful part of old Recife. It has some very interesting and fascinating tourist attractions, striking sights, historical and architectural views, old churches and picturesque squares. Take this walk to see some of the most popular tourist attractions of Santo Antonio in Recife.
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Bairro Santo Antonio Walk Map

Guide Name: Bairro Santo Antonio Walk
Guide Location: Brazil » Recife (See other walking tours in Recife)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 Km or 2 Miles
Author: alice
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Palacio do Campo das Princesas
  • Teatro de Santa Isabel
  • Palácio da Justiça
  • Arquivo Público Estadual
  • Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos
  • Casa da Cultura
  • Mercado do Sao Jose
  • Torres Gêmeas
Palacio do Campo das Princesas

1) Palacio do Campo das Princesas

The Palacio do Campo das Princesas is a neoclassical structure built in 1841 by Mitchell Anchor on the site of the former Royal Treasury. The Palace was always the headquarters of the Pernambuco administration. The name of the palace came from the family of the Emperor Dom Pedro II and his children that played in the garden. The site is famous for its beautiful garden with baobab trees. The Palacio do Campo das Princesas is one of the most popular tourist stops in Recife.
Teatro de Santa Isabel

2) Teatro de Santa Isabel (must see)

A very beautiful Neoclassical structure built in 1850 by Louis Léger Vauthier, Teatro de Santa Isabel is a place for the most prestigious social and cultural events of Recife and the home of the Recife Symphony Orchestra. The interior of the theater is extraordinarily rich. It has amazing crystal mirrors, works of Murillo La Greca, an outstanding crystal chandelier and busts of famous personalities within. Numerous celebrities have visited the famous theater.

Why You Should Visit:
There is history and charm in every corner of this building!

Guided tours on Sundays, but do check their website for schedules of visits and of performances.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 9am-10pm
Palácio da Justiça

3) Palácio da Justiça

Palácio da Justiça is another famous tourist attraction and historic sight in Recife. The structure was built in 1930 in Renaissance style with fascinating stained glass windows. The building has several levels and a beautiful dome which is the highest dome in the country. In front of the building there are two striking sculptures representing law and justice. Within the building there are busts of local lawyers and paintings by Murillo La Greca. Palácio da Justiça houses the Court of Justice of Pernambuco.
Arquivo Público Estadual

4) Arquivo Público Estadual

Arquivo Público Estadual is located within a building in Baroque style that was originally built in 1731 and used as public jail. Later the purpose of the building has changed several times and it housed once even the City Council. At present it houses the State Archive of Pernambuco and it is the richest and most complete collection of all kinds of historical documents.
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos

5) Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Homens Pretos is an important historic and religious site. The church was built in colonial style in the 17th century, sometime between 1662 and 1667, by the Brotherhood of Our Lady of the Rosary of Black Men, which was a brotherhood of black slaves. The church is Baroque, with just a single tower, but nevertheless the church is a very beautiful one, with three altars, images of Our Lady of the Rosary and other black saints. The main altar is engraved in gold. It is a great example of the architecture of 17th century Recife. The church is located 90 m to the eaast from the intersection of Avenida Dantas Barreto and Rua Estreita do Rosário.
Casa da Cultura

6) Casa da Cultura (must see)

Casa da Cultura is a local landmark. The building is cross-shaped and it was built by Jose Mamede Alves Ferreira in a sober style with neoclassical elements. Originally the building was a penitentiary. The structure of the original building was preserved, but now the cells house shops selling all types of local handicrafts like ceramics, leather works, lace, woodwork, clothes, local food and many other interesting regional items. In one cell is a museum that shows the history of the building during its time as a penitentiary.

Why You Should Visit:
To buy authentic gifts/crafts from the friendly storekeepers and you also can explore this historic building.
There are a number of food stalls as well and sometimes they have groups performing traditional dances.

If you have the chance eat tapioca with coconut and cheese and ask for cold coconut water.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-7pm; Sat: 9am-6pm; Sun: 9am-2pm
Mercado do Sao Jose

7) Mercado do Sao Jose

Mercado do Sao Jose is a local public market and landmark in Recife. The structure was built in 1875 and it is representative of the architecture of European markets at the time. The building was built by J. Lieuthier Louis in a neoclassical style. It is the oldest building in Brazil made in pre-manufactured iron. The market is very large and it has two buildings and 542 boutiques within.
Torres Gêmeas

8) Torres Gêmeas

Torres Gêmeas is an extraordinary example of new modern structures in Recife. They were built in 2009 in a postmodern style. The buildings are residential and are in a beautiful location right near the seashore. The buildings were made of modern materials like glass, steel, concrete and marble and granite. The towers present a striking view. At present they are the tallest structures in Recife.

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