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The 500 year old buildings appear in need of refurbishment due to the black bacteria/fungus (as does the slum surrounding it), but the beautiful architecture nonetheless puts one in mind of Portugal’s glory days. Unfortunately, there is little written in English for visitors so do...More
I was surprised to see churches from 16th and 17th centuries still standing there. They are very beautiful with strong energy inside. Some parts have been restored but some not. I think this should be preserved! Visit church St Francisco and Igreja do Carmo.
After the busy and crowded cities of Rio and Brasilia, my husband and I went to Joao Pessoa in Paraiba. We had planned to go there for 3 days because my husband's brother lives there. It was really a relief to experience this small, quiet...More
There is not much to see, mainly if you have been to Salvador before. Yet what is left of the old buildings is quite pretty. You can visit the cathedral up the hill but you have to pay for a guided tour. The Hotel Globo...More
The Centro Historico was dirty and unpleasant. Churches are beautiful and interesting in their own right - if you find them open. The tourist map provided at our hotel was difficult to read, and when we asked people for directions to different sites, many people...More
You can take a bus tour wich takes about 5 hours and costs 35 reais. But then you pay an extra 4 reais at the entrance of San Francisco church and the extra guide, that will meet you at the historic center expects some tip...More