Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Must-see Recife: Casa da Cultura

Instituto Ricardo Brennand is a tough act to follow, but Recife's Casa da Cultura did a pretty good job of delighting me for another day.


Architecturally cool, rich with iron embellishments, granite and wood features - this place was purpose-built as a prison in the mid-19th century. Here's a model to give you an idea of the overall design.


Now, however, the prison cells have been converted to small shops carrying a variety of handmade arts and crafts, culinary delights, and general oddities. Clearly, this place is right up my alley.


Don't mind the World Cup decorations: I'm certain the three floors of barred spaces didn't seem as festive to the original "inhabitants."


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Loquinha