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Recife, Brazil

Known as the “Brazilian Venice”, the city of Recife (Pernambuco, Brazil), is a multicultural place. The city has its name because of the reefs that surround the Marco Zero (the beginning point from where all the city’s measures are taken). The title of “Brazilian Venice” is related to the city being in the convergence of two rivers: Capibaribe and Beberibe. Besides these two big rivers, there are other rivers and over 50 bridges. Walking by the city, it’s possible to notice the difference between the historical sites and the modern development. Old houses with colorful paints preserve the history of the city, while the skyscrapers, big malls and huge industries reveal the economic side of the fourth biggest metropolitan area of the country. International known by its Carnaval (a big street celebration), during the months of February and/or March the city is full of decoration, people, music and parties. Being in the Northeast of the country, right on the littoral, Recife has famous beaches such as Boa Viagem Beach, and in its metropolitan area the Porto de Galinhas Beach. Because of its localization, Recife is the major port of its region. In education and science, Recife is home for the best university in the North/Northeast area: Federal University of Pernambuco, a large campus with a variety of architectural complex. A beautiful, warm, and great place to visit, also famous because of its people, a very welcoming people that value all the symbolism and importance of the city. The capital of Pernambuco is the example of how it is possible to adapt to modernity without losing historical heritage.