Capela Dourada, Recife

#5 of 33 in Historic Sites in Recife
Church · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Visit Capela Dourada, a jewel of Brazilian Baroque, which may even go unnoticed by those passing by in the streets. Peruse the various well-preserved rare images and religious artifacts, including the golden cross of Christ suspended with silver and gold rays shining behind his head. Pay attention to all the material covered in gold, making it no surprise that it’s known as the “golden chapel”. The gardens and courtyard outside serve as a peaceful oasis, providing tranquility from the busyness of the city. Put Capela Dourada into our Recife itinerary builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Recife.
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  • We were travelers on a cruise ship with Recife as one of the stops. The ship had tours going to Capela Dourada which we decided not to take, but to walk there on our own. The ship gave us a lot of...  more »
  • The 'Capela dos Noviços' (Chapel of the Novices) in the Franciscan Convent in the Santo Antonio part of Recife is mostly known as 'Capela Dourada', because of all the gold, with which the woodwork in....  more »
  • Worth the visit. Very helpful and knowledgeable lay franciscans at the door itching to show you around. Pretty wild stuff, from gold covered walls (not sure how that jives with the poverty vow, but didn't ask ..) to paintings of crucified priests. Definitely worth the visit.
  • A little jewel of colonial church style
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