Frevo, afoxé, maculelê, maracatu, ciranda, coco, caboclinho, xaxado, baião and xote. These are all rhythms. Breakfast with cabidela chicken, cassava and sun dried beef at the Mercado da Madalena, catamaran in the Capibaripe nights, ships sunk in the sea, erotic sculptures in a surreal garden. All this is Recife. It is a beach town, with plenty of bridges, full of life, welcoming, fervent.
In 1637, Johan Maurits van Nassau-Siegen landed in Nieuw Holland. The Count of Nassau landed in New Holland to overcome the local geographic conditions, draining swamps and building bridges, dams and canals. With him came science, the arts and religious tolerance. Thanks to Nassau, a pleiad of naturalists studied the local pharmacopeia and tropical diseases, painters depicted the flora and fauna and the Portuguese Jews persecuted by the Inquisition found shelter in what is Recife today.
True to its origins, Recife shines for its culture and its open mind. In 1996, the first Brazilian North and Northeast university center was created by uniting the colleges and schools created as of 1827. The restoring of the ancient houses at Rua do Bom Jesus and the rebuilding of the Kahal Zur Israel Synagogue, show that Nassau’s influence, during the few years it lasted, imprinted un-destructible values.