Place Recife

Recife is the fourth-largest urban area in Brazil with 4,054,866 inhabitants, the largest urban area of the North/Northeast Regions, and the capital and largest city of the state of Pernambuco in the northeast corner of South America. The population of the city proper was 1,653,461 in 2020. Recife was founded in 1537, during the early Portuguese colonization of Brazil, as the main harbor of the Captaincy of Pernambuco, known for its large scale production of sugar cane. It was the former capital Mauritsstad of the 17th century colony of New Holland of Dutch Brazil, established by the Dutch West India Company. The city is located at the confluence of the Beberibe and Capibaribe rivers before they flow into the South Atlantic Ocean. It is a major port on the Atlantic. Its name is an allusion to the stone reefs that are present by the city’s shores. The many rivers, small islands and over 50 bridges found in Recife city centre characterise its geography and led to the city being called the “Brazilian Venice”. As of 2010, it is the capital city with the highest HDI in Northeast Brazil and second highest HDI in the entire North and Northeast Brazil .The Metropolitan Region of Recife is the main industrial zone of the State of Pernambuco; major products are those derived from cane , motor vehicles, ships, oil platforms, electronics, software, and others. With fiscal incentives by the government, many industrial companies were started in the 1970s and 1980s.

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World Heritage Site 1982
Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda

Founded in the 16th century by the Portuguese, the town’s history is linked to the sugar-cane industry. Rebuilt after being looted by the Dutch, its basic urban fabric dates from the 18th century. The harmonious balance between the buildings, gard…

Atlas Obscura 2021
‘Monument Tortura Nunca Mais’

Discover 'Monument Tortura Nunca Mais' ('Torture Never Again') in Recife, Brazil: This haunting sculpture stands as a memorial to the torture victims of the Brazilian military dictatorship.

Wikipedia Landmark
Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue

Kahal Zur Israel was a Jewish synagogue located at Rua do Bom Jesus number 197 in Recife, Brazil. It was established in 1636 by Portuguese and Spanish Sephardic Jews that had taken refuge in the Netherlands fleeing forced conversion and were joined by N…

Atlas Obscura 2011
Francisco Brennand’s Ceramic Workshop

Discover Francisco Brennand's Ceramic Workshop in Recife, Brazil: The massive gardens and office of a Brazilian sculptor.

Atlas Obscura 2017
South America’s Largest Collection of Weapons and Armory

The collection is housed in a Tudor-style castle in Brazil.

Ilha de Itamaracá