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Its contents range from maps to photos to art and household pieces found in the excavations of the building that now houses the museum itself. This fortress was built by the Dutch in 1630.

Museu da Cidade (Recife City Museum), set up in a room in Cinco Pontas Fort(Fort of Five Points), perhaps the most curious thing about the "Fort of Five Points" is that it only has four. The original Dutch fort built in 1630 had five, but the Portuguese leveled that fort and rebuilt in their traditional four-pointed style. The fort today has been wonderfully restored; you can wander the ramparts at will. Unfortunately, the city has crept out far past this once-seaside installation, leaving the fort outflanked by a freeway. The excellent city museum, which takes up two wings of the fort, has two rooms devoted to the Dutch period, including a wealth of maps and drawings of the early colony, where shows pictures, reproductions of old paintings and objects that describe Recife since the period of Dutch rule.

Address : Praça das Cinco Pontas, s/n, Bairro de São José, Recife. Phone: (81) 3224-8492

Working hours : Monday through Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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