When I first visited the site a village guide directed a group of use through the jungle to the site. It was well hidden.
The Dutch first arrived in north-east Brasil in 1630-1654 but were soon defeated by the Portuguese who colonised instead.
The cathedral in the jungle appears to be a Catholic church from the time of Dutch and Portuguese colonisation. Only local seaside villages knew of its location. However, in recent years the land has been purchased by a private investor who has located the cathedral and plans to set it up as a tourist attraction.