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Centro de Turismo do Ceara

Rua Senador Pompeu 350 | City Center area, Fortaleza, State of Ceara 60025-000, Brazil
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Old Public Jail is now a Tourism Center
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good46%
  • Average15%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“worth a visit” (2 reviews)
“cells” (2 reviews)
“embroidery” (2 reviews)
Rua Senador Pompeu 350 | City Center area, Fortaleza, State of Ceara 60025-000, Brazil
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Reviewed 4 March 2017

I really enjoyed the time we spent off our cruise ship in this former prison, now a thriving centre for arts and crafts. The 19th Century prison's cells now house a huge number of stalls or shops, most of whom seem tro be selling the...More

Thank mccorquinn
Reviewed 20 February 2017

Plenty of small artisan shops offering plenty of things for the tourist. Lots of embroidery and lace. There were some wood carvings and also a stall offering cashews which were excellent. Located in an old jail it is an interesting building set up, in a...More

Thank Anthony S
Reviewed 10 February 2017

This is near to the cathedral and fort so worth a visit if you are in the area but not worth making a special trip to get there. The small shops offering too much of the same type of tourist souveniers are situated off two...More

Thank Cakeij
Reviewed 2 February 2017

It is a very traditional place where you can see a huge variety of clothes, lining sheets for beds and tables, hats, sandals etc...it is quite interesting to see. Worth value the visit, which is free by the way.

Thank Marcelo T
Reviewed 16 July 2015

For those who have been to the Brazilian Northeast a few decades ago, what we see now in this handcrafts market seem to be always the same thing, no matter where you are. It is disappointing.

Thank NelsonFJobim
Reviewed 5 June 2015

This is housed in a former prison. Once inside, it is a sort of relief from the hustle and bustle of the city. Most of the stalls sells local handicraft, mainly fabric made products. Prices are more or less the same even compared to the...More

Thank nldogbert
Reviewed 10 March 2015

It was ok... But same as the Central Market, same as the Night market. All sell very similar goods. But nice enough for a quick visit OR if you are looking for something in particular.

Thank Riëtte B
Reviewed 8 September 2014

Amazing! And beautiful handmade everything stuff possible! Support the local and buy there! The lace is one of the most famous in the world. It take hours and days to be finished by local lady. The price is a bit salty, but is something you...More

Thank Vanessa P
Reviewed 6 August 2014

We walked over to the Centro de Turismo do Ceará after wandering through the few floors of Mercado Central. While the grounds and architecture of the former prison were mildly interesting, I guess I was expecting more craftsmanship or local flavor to the shops in...More

Thank kaisatsu
Reviewed 13 July 2014

We were taken to the Centro de Turismo do Ceara for our shopping stop. The place had variety of shops and tried to sell different merchandise for tourist. Much to our surprise, there were limitation of Brazilian products that attract the attention of visitors. However...More

1  Thank Charn P
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