Olinda Things to Do

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    THE "11 MANDAMENTS" AT OLINDA!

    by janaina Written Oct 15, 2002

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    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.

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    S Bento Church - Golden Altar

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    I left Portugal with a severe warning from a friend: I should not miss this church. Thanks for the warning! I didn't and agree that the richness and beauty of the altar are unbeatable.

    Unfortunately the photo of the altar (flash forbidden) was so lousy I don't dare to publish it. But it's better that way: you will have to go there and look for yourself

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    St Francisco church

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    The most beautiful church I saw in Olinda, St Francis suffered the common mistreatment of the war, but kept the appearance of its reconstruction in the 17th century.

    Nested in green, its sober cloisters contrast with its rich baroque decoration

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    Slave Market

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    I read that the so called slave market never was used for that purpose.

    I don't know the truth, but if it did, then the look should be different from what it is: There are no dramatic references in the place, with shops covering it all, respecting the ambiance but giving colour and life to a place that, if the story is true, should be treated in a more austere way, inviting to reflect about the world of slavery.

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    Old Town

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    Where am I? In Obidos? Monsaraz? Castelo de Vide? No! With this temperature in March it cannot be Portugal. But it looks like!

    Sorry folks, this sensation is reserved for the Portuguese, but the visual pleasure is shareable. So, walk slow, breed deeply, and... enjoy!

    There is always a solution to understand the described feeling - come to Portugal and try to understand the links.

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    Recife

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    I was in Recife and visited Olinda from there, but nothing stops you to do it the opposite way.

    No matter where you are, one thing is clear: both places must be seen,and it will take only some minutes to move between them.

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    OLINDA : SERENADES ON FRIDAY NIGHTS

    by swesn Written Nov 29, 2006

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    If you are here in Olinda on a Friday night, please do not miss this!!

    From 10pm onwards, go down to Praça Jose Alfredo, a square in front of a church and wait. Although you might be enshrouded in darkness with only a few locals around, walking their dogs, or chatting away... wait and listen.

    Soon, you should be able to hear the tinkling of a guitar and spot a small group on the steps in front of the church.

    Now, the serenade begins.

    The banjo player begins, to some small applause. And the group soon joins in playing musical pieces after pieces… little serenades of love songs. Soon, as the serenades go on and emotion runs high, the public joins in the singing as well, declaring ‘amor (love) this’ and ‘amor that’.

    There are young, middle-aged and elderly people… some couples, others families and yet others alone, swaying to the gentle beat, singing with gentle love.

    After an hour or so, the group would take a little walk around the streets. So, the serenaders take the lead and everyone follows right behind and around, singing, clapping, dancing. Smiling faces pop their heads out as the serenaders stop under their windows or balconies.

    Gosh… can you imagine the scene? I felt as if I was in the middle of a musical where the extras milling around in the background suddenly gather behind the main actor and actress and all of them move in synchronised choreography, instinctly knowing the dance steps and song lyrics!! It felt absolutely surreal!! I was twirling around, looking at the faces of these people, bathing in their shared passion. I would not be able to translate actually how I felt now at all to paper. It was… er, for want of a word… just beautiful.

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    Mosteiro do São Bento

    by NedHopkins Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    Igreja do Mosteiro S��o Bento

    The first St Benedict Monastery (and church) was erected on this site in 1599, burned by the Dutch in 1631, and rebuilt beginning in 1654.

    The current structure, in the high Brazilian baroque style, dates from 1761.

    One of the two or three most beautiful monuments in Olinda, São Bento is -- like all the colonial-era churches -- in a sad state of repair. Nearness to the ocean makes it more difficult to maintain the 'patrimony' here than in Minas Gerais. Still, authorities in Bahia have kept their churches in better shape, though Salvador is also on the sea.

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    Catedral da Sé

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Catedral da S��

    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.

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    Igreja N S do Conceicao

    by NedHopkins Written Mar 1, 2004

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    Igreja N S do Conceicao

    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.

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    Convento São Francisco & Igreja N S de Neves

    by NedHopkins Updated Mar 9, 2004

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    Convento S��o Francisco

    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.

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    Cathedral

    by solopes Updated Dec 21, 2013

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    Created in the 16th century, this church was destroyed during the war between Portuguese and Dutch. Rebuilt in the 17th and ruined again, the final version is about 100 years old.

    It's far from being among the best in Olinda, but it surely is located in the best sightseeing place of town. The yard in its back is mandatory.

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    Mini - Carnival

    by worldcam Written Jun 14, 2005

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    Cute Olinda houses

    If you happen to be in Olinda at the beginning of the year, there is a little party that takes in the whole town. It's rather amazing actually -- people dress up as they do at carnival time and parade throughout the city all, when we where there there were at least three different parades with SAMBA bands and all that meet up at the end for a huge, huge bash. Watch your wallet and your cameras - you still are in Brazil!

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    São Bento Carvings

    by NedHopkins Updated Oct 16, 2004

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    S��o Bento Art

    As you enter the nave of this beautiful church, these exquisite 18th century carvings are suspended from the right and left walls. The largest of them is only about 2/3 of a meter in height.

    (The relative sizes are skewed by the fact I had to shoot my pictures from just outside the doorway.)

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    Start at the Top

    by kaloz Written Nov 16, 2008
    Astronomical observatory on Pra��a Artur Oscar

    This observatory was built to track the path of the planet Venus, and is the olderst in the Americas. It is not overwhelming as more modern observatories or arrays of radio telescopes. It sits atop the highest point in town and offers excellent views of Olinda, the Ocean, and Recife. The square has many shops and stalls that cater to the tourist.

    Here you can get a local paper and sit and write your postcards. My postcards are all sent in the language of the place that I am visiting.

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