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."