The Franciscan convent of Nossa Senhora das Neves (Our Lady of the Snows) in Olinda (PE) was the first construction of the order in Brazil. Its small chapel dates back to 1585 and it is a masterpiece of colonial architecture. Olinda, which is less than 10 km from Recife (PE), was occupied nearly 25 years by the Dutch in the Seventeenth century who challenged the Portuguese and aspired to possess this sugar-rich area in the Northeast.O convento franciscano de Nossa Senhora das Neves, em Olinda (PE), foi a primeira construção da ordem no Brasil. Sua pequena capela data de 1585 e é uma obra-prima da arquitetura colonial. Olinda que fica a cerca de 10 km de Recife, foi ocupada por 32 anos (1630-1662) pelos holandeses, que conquistaram a rica área de açúcar no Nordeste.
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