Pernambuco House of Culture, Recife

#4 of 121 in Museums in State of Pernambuco
Architectural Building · Educational Site
Recife’s former House of Detention is an unusual home for a shopping mall. Craft shops, galleries, and coffee shops occupy old cells, while one has retained its original features to remind you of the building’s macabre past. As well as an outdoor food court where you can try typical delicacies of the region, you will find an internet cafe, research rooms, a theater, and the offices of various cultural organizations. Pernambuco House of Culture also plays host to a variety of events throughout the year including concerts, folklore demonstrations, and artistic performances. A visit to Pernambuco House of Culture represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Recife travel route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • The old Pernambuco State Prison has been transformed into an artisan market. Our cruise ship (Volendam) had a free shuttle here, so that's where everyone went. There were some nice things here but.....  more »
  • Nice idea to transform a prison in a artisan shopping centre. From a shopping experience point of view, it has something special to offer. Shops are small, and most have a similar mix of products...  more »
  • P Old jail that has been turned into a handicrafts market. Each cell is a different booth. Nice range of products including standard souvenirs, clothing, liquor, wood products, etc.
  • A former prision turned into a cultural centre? Wonderful and poetic.

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