Recife Religious Sights Walk, Recife

Recife is a beautiful city with a large number of fascinating churches. The majority of them were built in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here is a walk to see some of the most beautiful and well-known religious sites in Recife's downtown.
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Recife Religious Sights Walk Map

Guide Name: Recife Religious Sights 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: 2.7 km
Author: alice
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Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Madre de Deus

1) Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Madre de Deus

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Madre de Deus was built in 1680 in baroque style. It is a local landmark and a stunning structure to see. The church has a beautiful façade with statues and its interior still has its original paintings. The church was designed by Antonio Fernandes de Matos. In 1971 the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Madre de Deus was damaged by a fire, but later it was restored.
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Igreja Matriz do Santíssimo Sacramento de Santo Antônio

2) Igreja Matriz do Santíssimo Sacramento de Santo Antônio

Igreja Matriz do Santíssimo Sacramento de Santo Antônio is another beautiful, baroque-style, Catholic Church in Recife. The façade of the church is lovely, made in three levels, with amazing carved doors and decorated windows. The interior of the church is also fascinating. The wall paintings are noteworthy, as are the carvings, a large crystal chandelier, balconies, two pulpits and many other ornaments. The church was completed in 1790.
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Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Militares

3) Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Militares

Nossa Senhora da Conceição dos Militares is a beautiful baroque cathedral with a simple façade but amazing interior. It is decorated with fascinating rococo carvings and wall paintings. The most important of them is the image of the Virgin Mary and the representation of the first battle of Guararapes made on the ceiling. The church was built in 1723 by the Brotherhood of Soldiers of the Garrison Sergeants of Recife. To reach it from Rua da Palma, turn left at the junction with Rua Nova and go about 40 meters until you see the church on your right.
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Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Carmo

4) Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Carmo (must see)

Basílica de Nossa Senhora do Carmo was built in 1767 by the Carmelite Order. It was built in Rococo style. The church has two levels, two towers, and the façade is outstanding with two niches with sculptures of saints and a niche with the image of the Our Lady Spires on it. The interior of the church is also beautifully decorated with carvings, paintings, gilt work, a detailed altar and a life-sized image of Our Lady of Mount Caramel.

Why You Should Visit:
To experience a living part of the history of Recife and a portrait of the traditions and Christian arts so striking in Northeastern Brazil, and especially in Pernambuco.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm; Sat: 8am-12pm
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Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Livramento

5) Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Livramento

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Livramento is a an aesthetically-intriguing church. Its contraction started in the 18th century on the site of an older chapel, but it was finished in 1882. It has a great tower of twenty-five meters, beautiful carved doors and a granite facade. The interior has intricate carvings. The ceiling was done in wood. Within the church you will see images of Our Lady of Conception and of Saint Mary Garcia.
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Co-Catedral São Pedro dos Clérigos

6) Co-Catedral São Pedro dos Clérigos (must see)

Catedral De Sao Pedro Dos Clerigos is a popular tourist attraction in Recife. It was built by Manuel Ferreira Jácome in 1759 using the Great Santa Maria Sanctuary in Rome as a model. The church is beautiful, with two bell towers and an amazing interior made with a neoclassical design. The ceiling is painted, the interior features carvings, while the pulpit is engraved in gold. The church itself was built in baroque style.

Why You Should Visit:
Reinaugurated in 2017, after years of restoration works, this is arguably one of the most beautiful cathedrals in Brazil, inside and out.
Sometimes they play parties on the patio in front of the Cathedral on weekends.
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Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Terço

7) Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Terço

Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Terço was built in 1726. Before the construction of the church on the site there was only a niche with the image of Our Lady. The altar of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Terço was carved by José de Souza. Within the church there are several images of saints and of Our Lady, along with many elegant ornamental decorations featuring classic and baroque styles. The church's narrow V-shape mirrors the junction of Rua Vidael de Negreiros and Rue Direita. To reach it from Avenida Dantas Berreta, turn left at the Rua Passo da Patria and go about 100 meters until you reach the second crossroad, where the white-wall church will be within sight.
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Igreja Matriz de São José

8) Igreja Matriz de São José

Igreja Matriz de São José is another striking sight in Recife. The church was erected on the site of an older chapel, with construction beginning in 1845 and taking 20 years to be completed. It stands out from the other baroque churches in Recife because it is a Romanesque one. The Igreja Matriz de São José has two magnificent bell-towers flanking the facade, shutters on the ground floor and two levels of arched windows. The building has undergone several renovations. To reach it from Avenida Dantas Berreta, turn left at the Rua de Peixoto and go 130 meters until you reach the church right at the junction with Rua Vidal Negreiros.

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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Recife for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Recife has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Recife, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.