Built originally in 1585 and partially burnt by the Dutch in 1631, São Francisco is made up of a convent, a chapel, and a church. There's also a library for ordained clerics and acolytes.
The atrium and chapel are decorated with characteristic blue and white Portuguese tiles, these imported from LIsbon in the mid-1700s.
The high altar in the church is heavily gold plated and very beautiful.
The church and chapel both have elaborate ceiling paintings that date from the early 1800s.
Built originally in 1540 then renovated in 1584, the Catedral da Sé was burned by the Dutch in 1631 and restored in 1656-77.
Its gold-plated side altars are very beautiful as is the extensive tile work imported from Portugal.
The Church of Our Lady of the Conception belongs to nuns of the Order of St Dorothy. Built originally in 1585 it was partially burned by the Dutch and restored in the early 17th century.
The painting on the ceiling is among the most beautiful in Olinda.
The Carnival in Olinda is the best with its rows of dressed-up revelers and typical huge puppets it is also the Carnival of the history and the folklore, the Carnival of the erudite and the multitude, all synonyms of Olinda's Carnival.
Once you start jumping and dancing to the crazy rhythm of "Frevo", typical Pernambuco music belive me you wont stop!
The best time to go there is during Carnival. Olinda is proud in saying that it has one of the best and largest carnivals of the World, famous for parties for every taste. The Carnival is crazy. 11 days of reveller and much differently from other cities in Brazil.
It is virtually impossible to find accommodation during this period unless you book months in advance or know someone of the locals.
Many people and guidebooks say that Olinda is the best place to celebrate a peaceful and family carnaval... I've been there some days before carnaval, and it looked like true...
Beaucoup de gens et de guides disent que Olinda est le meilleur endroit pour vivre le Carnaval, dans une ambiance paisible et familiale... Je ne peux pas l'affirmer, mais ayant ete la quelques jours avant l'ouverture du carnaval, c'avait l'air d'etre vrai...
... look at Recife from the Lighter then eat tapioca with cheese in the Alto da Se, visit the corner called 4Cantos, drink juice of sugar cane (you will find everywhere), find a tourist guide to visit all the churches and Monasteries and if you still hungry eat fried fish (agulha) in the coast pubs and for the end a walk to Alto da Se to see the sunset!
1.Sunset at " ALTO DA SE".
2."Tapioca" with cheese at "ALTO DA SE".
3.Celebrations in the evening at the Abacial Church of the "MOSTEIRO DE SAO BENTO",with Gregorian songs and the sounds of bells.
4.Cookies and spirits made at home by the priests of the "MOSTEIRO DE SAO BENTO".
5."Do nothing" at the "Alto Da Se".
6.Eat fresh fish,called "Agulha",in the coast pubs.
7.Drink sugar cane juice and feel like "superman".
8.Visit the corner called "4 Cantos".
9.Follow carnaval groups in the streets,even out of carnaval time.
10.Look at the beauty of the churches and monasteries.
11.Eat a "Roballo Al Cartoccio",in the Alto Da Se restaurant "Pimenta Rosa".
PICTURE:4 CANTOS STR.
The golden altar and the frescoes in the roof stand out amidst many figurative tiles.
Though some panels already miss a few tiles, the whole is reach and very beautiful.
We didn't enter this church, that shows from below the need of conservation.
It's a beautiful building atop a small hill, dating from the 17th century
The Post Office in Brasil is caller the Correos. They only accept cash, and only in Rls.
The Correos in Olinda is charming as is all of Olinda.
Olinda is a realatively small area and it is hard to get lost in. There are many charming sights to see. Just keep heading down and to the sea, and you will not get lost too badly.
The city is noted primarily for its 16th- and 17th-century ornate churches and monasteries and for other colonial buildings.
It’s a perfect place to relax and know more about Brazilian history.
Climb up the hills of Olinda to discover Recife, so different, so close...
Montez les collines de Olinda et decouvrez Recife, si different, mais si proche...
Oh,this beautiful church is built on the hills in "Alto Da Se",has splendid ornamentations,very rich architecture!
Had to be almost totally rebuilt after the Dutches burned Olinda!