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The Beautiful

Olinda — its name means 'the beautiful' — was founded in 1535. A center of commerce early in its history, the town soon lost out to the port city of Recife (whose skyline, six kilometers away, can be seen in my photograph).

Olinda was occupied by the Dutch for several years early in the 17th century. Retreating before reinvigorated Portuguese forces, the Dutch burned most of the city in 1631.

Rebuilt after the Dutch defeat, Olinda now rivals Salvador da Bahia and Ouro Preto and other towns in Minas Gerais for its preservation of colonial architecture.

With a population today of 400,000 people, about a tenth of the city is protected as a national monument and a UNESCO 'Patrimony of Mankind.'

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful architecture, good restaurants, friendly people
  • Cons:Old bones may ache climbing the many hills
  • In a nutshell:A fine place for a restful few days — or some vigorous walking about
  • Last visit to Olinda: Feb 2004
  • Intro Updated Oct 16, 2004
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  • Hosell's Profile Photo
    Jan 25, 2007 at 1:58 PM

    Olinda looks beautiful! I will go to Recife soon and I'd like to visit Olinda if I have the chance,thanks for your pics and info!!!!

  • zlatiq's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2005 at 6:34 AM

    beaituful ! must see it next time i get to brasil; thanks for the superb info!

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2004 at 9:58 PM

    Olinda, still beautiful...great infos, thank you for sharing

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