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What a treat! Highly recommend accepting the offer of a guide for a "contribution," it made the visit very interesting as I learned about the biblical stories. The monastery has seen better days but it really was a memorable visit.
Olinda's population is about 400,000 people with 22 churches - the oldest from the 15th century. The Hill in which most of the churches located have few unique reason to visit: awesome Olinda and its surrounding view, shore view etc., the churches around and beautiful...More
We went to S. Francisco as part of the guided tour of the old town. This convent is very well preserved, contains rich Portuguese tiles and has a magical atmosphere. It closes at 12:00 and costs just 2 R$.
Of all the churches in Olinda, this was our favourite. Definitely worth venturing to and having a look around - largely well preserved and really beautiful. The cloisters were fantastic (worth having a guide book that explains all the various art and stories contained in...More
Nice spot for a walking tour of Olinda. But then simply walking about Olinda is a great day out. Beats the hell out of a stay in Recife! I was there pre Carnival so the party atmosphere was just beginning. Great town.