Praça do Arsenal
Praça do Arsenal
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Next to the Praça Marco Zero (also known as Praça Rio Branco) the most important square in old Recife is the Praça do Arsenal. The name of the plaza is in reference to the 'Arsenal da Marinha', a building from the 19th century, which once stood here and of which now only the former astronomic observatory, the Torre Malakoff, has been left.

The pleasant square with many palm trees has apparently been designed by Roberto Burle Marx, the well known landscape architect, whose work can also be admired in Brasilia and at the Copacabana Promenade. In the middle of the square is a bronze bust of Amirante de Tamandaré, considered as the patron of the Brazilian navy.

At the Praça do Arsenal can be found the 'Paço do Frevo', the Palace of the Frevo, a museum dedicated to that typical dance and musical style, associated with the Pernambuco carnival. As it says on an information board in front of the museum, the building had been contructed in 1901 as the seat of the now closed British 'Western Telegraph Company'.
Written 25 October 2018
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