Se Cathedral

Se Cathedral, Olinda

Se Cathedral
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Edward D.
Lucena, PB2,877 contributions
Must visit while in Olinda!
Nov. 2020
This church was originally built on the highest point in the city of Olinda in 1537. When the Dutch invaded in 1631, the church and much of the city was burned. It was rebuilt in 1676, when it was elevated to the status of a Cathedral.
Written 8 December 2020
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agusticassa
Girona, Spain1,514 contributions
perfect place
Aug. 2020
This wonderful little World Heritage city on the outskirts of Recife has several strengths, one of the main ones is Se Catedral.
Written 4 October 2020
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Felipe C
Whistler, Canada133 contributions
Interesting church has survived many fires
Jan. 2020
Interesting inside and outside. Go in the back where the old bells are kept after they broke during the fires.
Written 26 January 2020
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pilipili2009
Anvers317 contributions
Go there for the terrace
Aug. 2019
Many nice spots to have a nice view in Olinda, but the terrace of the cathedral is the best one. So it is worth to pay to get. The church is nice, surprisingly minimalistic for a Brazilian church, but the highlight is the terrace.
Written 4 September 2019
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Fred T
Reno, NV739 contributions
Great tile work in courtyard; nice views from balcony; map has wrong location
Mar. 2019 • Couples
We each paid 2 reals to enter the complex. The courtyard and some of the rooms have great tile work (blue and white tiles done as paintings). The views of Recife from the balcony in the back are nice. The map shows the wrong location.
Written 15 April 2019
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belleretraite
Montreal, Canada7,963 contributions
Not spectacular but great location !
Jan. 2019 • Friends
While touring the historical center with the tourist minibus ( more a Jeep type of vehicle) , we made a stop at the Cathedral to take some pictures of the great views offered at this location . The Cathedral is part of the buildings included on the list of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Olinda .
Written 8 February 2019
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MsRosenkilde
Copenhagen, Denmark155 contributions
Great view
Feb. 2019 • Solo
The cathedral in itself is nothing spectacular, but the view from the balcony at the back is quite good, and very rewarding after having walked uphill through town to get there.
It costs two reais to get in, and a guide will try to get you to pay him for I don't know what. He might also offer to take your photo, and after want payment. Decline; worst photos ever.
Written 3 February 2019
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
A church with many names ...
Jun. 2018 • Friends
At the top of a hill (named "Alto da Sé"), stands Olinda's first and oldest church. A church with so many different names: "Catedral da Sé", "Igreja da Sé", "Igreja do Alto da Sé" and "Igreja de São Salvador do Mundo" (Our Lord the Savior of the World, in English). Lovely names for Olinda's Cathedral. Its construction started around 1534, a mud building was seen in 1540, then enlarged in 1584, destroyed by fires in the 17th century, rebuilt in 1669 and restored between 1974 and 1976. A brave church, indeed. So many restoration works ended in a fusion of archetectural styles: gothic, colonial renaissance and baroque! At the same time, its interior is quite austere, with only two rich lateral chapels (with gold engravings and "jacarandá" wood furniture) and a simple main altar. At its doors, a terrace offers awesome views of Olinda and its twin city of Recife. Around the terrace, small stalls sell regional cuisine specialties, handicrafts and lace articles. And finally, as a matter of fact, "Catedral da Sé" needs urgent new restoration works. Enjoy!
Written 5 November 2018
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland19,500 contributions
the cathedral and its square
Nov. 2017 • Solo
In importance the 'Catedral Metropolitana Sào Salvador do Mundo' comes first of all churches in Olinda, but maybe not in beauty, where there is strong competition - for example in the Basilica de Sào Bento. The cathedral's buiilding in a mixture of renaissance and baroque appears rather austere. At the front's sides are two similar towers.

Great is the location on top of a hill with panoramic vistas all the way to Recife on one side and the park 'Horto d'El Rey' at the other side. In front of the cathedral is the popular 'Praça da Sé', the square with many stalls, where one can drink coconut water or eat an acarajé, that famous street food, originally from Bahia.
Written 19 October 2018
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Brian R
London, UK19 contributions
Worth having a look
Aug. 2018 • Family
We arrived at around 6.30pm and the monks were singing as part of their evening service. We went into the church and listened. A lovely experience.
Written 22 August 2018
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