My last tip about Santo Antonio church (promise!) is for the sacristy.
The harmony among tiles, roof and furniture is absolute. But that's the place where more tiles are missing. What a pity!
Excellent collection of Portuguese tiles, fills the walls of Santo António church and corridors.
Some panels are already incomplete, but there are many in perfect condition after the recuperation work they suffered.
Included in Santo Antonio church there's a small museum with 24 paintings from the 16th to the 18th century.
Pictures of the display are forbidden, but not to the exterior... Easy to visit and deserving it.
I wouldn't visit Igarassu if it wasn't... "Seu Roberto". Roberto is a taxi driver, recommended by a friend, and, for a week, he was our driver, bodyguard (he has been 20 years in Police), guide, and... friend. In our way to Itamaracá, he decided to make a detour to show us Igarassu.
Well done, Roberto!
I saw! He was really happy, because we appreciated his idea, and congratulated him.
Roberto and his taxi were... a blessing, cheaper than common prices.
If you go to Recife, just phone him: +558 191 020 402 and, by the way, check if he remembers us.
Close to S Cosme and Damião (one day I'll check why do these two saints always share the same church and prayers) there's a larger convent seeming abandoned.
I know the budget is always short, but the church of Sagrado Coração de Jesus looks like deserving the treatment gave to Santo Antonio.
If you visit the church on your own, you will probably miss this part of it, which happens to be the best.
It's closed, and the girl(boy) that offers to lead you in, has the key. It's cheap to pay the 2 Real they ask and accept the offer.
PS - The gentle young girl that lead us inside was so embarrassed and ashamed when I had to explain her WHO was St Anthony that the 2 Real became 5 to confirm that we did appreciate her effort and kindness.