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Recife

Recife is Brazil's fourth largest city and and one of the country's most historic ocean cities.

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Recife in detail

Recife is Brazil's fourth largest city and and one of the country's most historic ocean cities. It also has the distinction of not having been founded by the Portuguese.


In fact, it was the Dutch Prince Maurice of Nassau who founded Recife in 1637 on reclaimed land after his troops had burned Olinda, the original capital. Recife is an exotic fusion of ancient and modern, threaded by the rivers Capibaribe, Beberibe and Pina, Canal Tacaruna and edged by the scenic Boa Viagem beachfront. Although much of the city centre is given over to modern skyscrapers and office buildings, there are still a few quiet squares with a number of impressive churches and lovely public buildings as well as several interesting museums. The best buildings of interest are the churches of Santo Antonio do convento de Sao Francisco (1606), Capela Dourada (1697), Sao Pedro dos Clerigos (1782), Nossa Senhora da Conceicao do Militares and many others. Other sights include the Forte do Brum (1629) and Forte das Cinco Pontas (1630), both built by the DutchNearby is Olinda, founded in 1537, whose quaint cobbled streets and uniquely rich architectural and cultural heritage have deservedly gained National Monument and World Heritage site status.

The Basilica e Mosterio de Sao Bento (1582) was founded by Benedictine monks, burnt by the Dutch in 1631 and restored in 1761. Also visit the Convento de Sao Francisco (1585), Igreja da Miscericordia and the church of Nossa Senhora das Neves. The city and coastal views from Alto da Se are exceptional as are the 17th century houses with latticed balconies and heavy doors.

  • Time Zone GMT -3
  • Currency Real (R$)
  • Language Portugues
  • Population 1.4 million

Recife Weather

  • Temperature
  • Rainfall

temperature degrees centigrade

Jan
26
Feb
26
Mar
26
Apr
25
May
22
Jun
21
Jul
20.5
Aug
21
Sep
21.5
Oct
23
Nov
23.5
Dec
25

rainfall in mm

Jan
135
Feb
124
Mar
134
Apr
109
May
77
Jun
51
Jul
45
Aug
45
Sep
62
Oct
82
Nov
100
Dec
137