Olinda attractions

Museum in Olinda

Museu do Mamulengo

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.
Cathedral in Olinda

Igreja da Sé

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…
Museum in Olinda

Casa dos Bonecos Gigantes

This small upstairs gallery displays a collection of the giant puppets used in Olinda's Carnaval. Unlike some more commercial galleries in Recife, almost all of the puppets here, which weigh between 15kg and 50kg, a…
Monastery in Olinda

Mosteiro de São Bento

The huge Mosteiro de São Bento, originally built in 1582, has some exceptional woodcarving in its impressive church. Sunday morning Mass (10am) is celebrated, complete with Gregorian chants.
Monastery in Olinda

Convento de São Francisco

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).
Church in Olinda

Igreja NS do Amparo

Head down Rua Saldanha Marinho to look at the restored 1613 Igreja NS do Amparo, which was partially destroyed by the Dutch before being rebuilt in 1644. Its interior is more ornate than many of the other churches i…
Museum in Olinda

Museu de Arte Contemporânea

Housed in an 18th-century Inquisition jail, MAC has occasionally interesting temporary exhibits in addition to a somewhat lackluster permanent collection that features works by mainly Brazilian artists.
Museum in Olinda

Museu Regional de Olinda

Located in a classic house that was formerly inhabited by the local clergy, this museum houses a small collection of colonial-period furniture and porcelain with descriptions in English and Portuguese.
Church in Olinda

Igreja NS do Carmo

Praça do Carmo is overlooked by Igreja NS do Carmo (1580), which has been restored in part, although the faded frescoes beside and above the altar on the ceiling remain in their original state.
Church in Olinda

Igreja São Pedro

This colonial church built in the 18th century was closed in 2015 due to risk of collapse and – much to the chagrin of locals – has yet to reopen.