The best way to take in some of Recife’s most interesting sights is to stroll through the historic centre of the capital city, which was founded in the 16th century. Marvel at the 17th-century buildings of Dutch heritage, the Torre Malakoff, built in 1855, which today hosts cultural events and scientific initiatives, the Praca do Marco Zero, containing the “Rosa dos Ventos” floor mural by Cicero Dias, and the new Centro de Artesanato (Handicraft Centre), at Armazem 11, which displays wares produced by craftsmen from all over the state. A short walk away one finds the narrow Rua do Bom Jesus, formerly Rua dos Judeus, one of Recife’s main streets, adorned with its peculiar Dutch rows of houses and art galleries. The street is dominated by a large house where the first synagogue in Brazil was built, and which today is the Judaic Cultural Centre. Other attractions include the Embaixada de Bonecos Gigantes (Embassy of Giant Dolls), which displays the famous dolls created to take part in the Olinda and Recife carnival and the Esculturas de Francisco Brennand Park on the port pier. Also you can find the Madre de Deus Church, dating back to 1679, the Paco da Alfandega (Customs’ Palace), which houses a shopping centre within its historical walls and Forte do Brum (Brum Fortress) with its military museum.