The imposing Igreja da Sé was originally built in 1537. Burnt in 1631, it has been reconstructed four times since, most recently from 1974 to 1984 in a Mannerist style that attempts to re-create the original 16th-ce…
The huge Mosteiro de São Bento, originally built in 1582, has some exceptional woodcarving in its church. Sunday morning Mass (10am) is celebrated complete with Gregorian chants.
Housed in an 18th-century Inquisition jail, MAC is recommended for both its permanent and temporary exhibits.
The Museu do Mamulengo has a unique and surprisingly interesting collection of more than 1000 pieces devoted to the traveling puppet shows called Mamulengos, an authentic popular tradition of the Northeast.
This is a large structure containing the 16th-century Igreja NS das Neves and two later chapels, with rich baroque detailing and lovely azulejos (Portuguese ceramic tiles).
Head down Rua Saldanha Marinho to look at the restored 1613 Igreja NS do Amparo.
This church was built by an African brotherhood in the 17th century. Frescoes painted by slaves were revealed here during a recent restoration.
Igreja da Misericórdia was closed indefinitely for an ongoing restoration during our visit in 2015.
Praça do Carmo is overlooked by the recently restored Igreja NS do Carmo (1580).
This colonial church was closed in 2015 due to risk of collapse.