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  • 1 Pelourinho Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Largo do Pelhourino BR - Salvador

    The Largo do Pelourinho, or Praça José de Alençar, is located in a street in Old Salvador. Its name comes from the pelourinho (pillory) that stood here during colonial times, and it was the place where slaves were punished before the masses. Today, t..

  • 2 Igreja and Convento N. S. do Carmo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo do Carmo BR - Salvador

    The Convent of the Carmelites (17C), laid out around two cloisters, is partially occupied by a luxury hotel. It served as a refuge to Dutch forces during the invasion of 1624, as well as for Portuguese troops during Bahia's wars of independence. You ..

  • 3 Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Ladeira-do-Carmo BR - Salvador

    The original church was destroyed by a fire in 1788 and has been replaced by this Rococo building (1803). The showpiece of the Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo, is a cedar carving of Christ (1730), inlaid with rubies to represent 2 000 droplets of b..

  • 4 Salvador Museu de Arte Sacra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. do Sodré 276 BR - Salvador 40060 240

    Housed in the former convent of Santa Teresa de Ávila (17C), the Museu de Arte Sacra has a substantial collection of 17C and 18C works. All the main names of Bahian colonial art feature: Frei Agostinho da Piedade, José Joaquim da Rocha, and his disci..

  • 5 Salvador Cidade Alta Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça da Sé BR - Salvador

    The Cidade Alta, or Upper Town, is the historical centre of Salvador. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991, and its steep cobbled streets, churches, museums and colourful colonial houses have been completely renovated; there is a stron..

  • 6 Igreja and Convento de São Francisco Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo Cruzeiro de S. Francisco BR - Salvador

    Wood panelling sculpted with a thousand motifs and heavily gilded... A Baroque profusion decorates the inside of this church, an early 18C masterpiece. The paintings on the ceiling, by José Joaquim da Rocha, as well as the sculpture of St Peter of Al..

  • 7 Salvador Museu da Misericórdia Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. da Misericórdia 6 BR - Salvador

    The Santa Casa da Misericórdia, a Portuguese Catholic institution, opened its first "branch" in Brazil in 1549. Their rammed-clay hospital was replaced in 1697 by this imposing complex built around two cloisters and a church. It houses a mu..

  • 8 Terreiro de Jesus Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça XV de Novembro BR - Salvador

    The Terreiro de Jesus, also called Praça XV de Novembro, is extended by the Largo do Cruzeiro. It is the place where you will find the most tourists in Pelourinho. Capoeira rodas are held here before wide-eyed passers-by, there are numerous bars and ..

  • 9 Basílica da Sé Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Terreiro de Jesus - Praça XV-de-Novembro BR - Salvador

    On your left as you come onto the Terreiro de Jesus stands Basílica da Sé (or Catedral Basílica), built by the Jesuits between 1657 and 1672, using the noblest of materials: gold, marble from Portugal and jacaranda wood. A canny mix of Baroque and Ro..

  • 10 Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    R. da Ordem-Terceira BR - Salvador

    The façade (1702-1703) of this church, made of stone sculpted in the Baroque Plateresque style common in the Spanish colonies, is the only one of its kind in Brazil. Inside, the Baroque talhas were replaced in 1828 by a neo-Classical decoration. The ..

  • 11 Igreja N. S. do Rosário Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Largo do Pelhourino BR - Salvador

    This was the slaves' church, which they built themselves, as they were banned from entering the others. They had little to work with, so it took nearly the whole of the 18C to complete. Nowadays, the blue façade of Igreja N. S. do Rosário brightens u..

  • 12 Salvador Museu Abelardo Rodrigues Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    R. Gregório-de-Mattos 45 BR - Salvador

    The Solar do Ferrão, one of the finest houses (17C) in the city, is home to heritage services and a Museum of Sacred Art (Museu Abelardo Rodrigues). The collection holds oratories, crucifixes, miniatures, roca saints (procession statues) and statues ..

  • 13 Solar do Unhão Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. Contorno BR - Salvador

    The Modern Art Museum has been installed in Solar do Unhão, a fine 17C property. The grounds include a chapel, transformed into an exhibition room, and a sculpture garden (works by Carybé and Mário Cravo, to name but two). The permanent exhibition pr..

  • 14 Itapagipe Peninsula Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    BR - Salvador

    Itapagipe peninsula juts out into the bay under the protection of Fort N. S. de Monte Serrat. The Boa Viagem neighbourhood has a popular beach that gets crowded at weekends and its little village streets wind up to the fort, the church and the Monte ..

  • 15 Igreja N. S. do Bonfim Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    Praça Senhor-do-Bonfim BR - Salvador 40425 360

    The façade of this church, illuminated by white light bulbs in the evening, can be seen from afar, perched on the Colina Sagrada (Sacred Hill). The church (1754) is a strong symbol of the religious syncretism of Bahians. Attend mass on Friday (5pm), ..

  • 16 Museu de Arte da Bahia Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. 7-de-Setembro - Corredor da Vitória 2340 BR - Salvador 40080 001

    The Museu de Arte da Bahia is housed in a 19C villa that still bears the name of one of its former owners, Cerqueira de Lima, who made his fortune from the slave trade. For a time Governors Palace, it was substantially reworked in 1925. The collectio..

  • 17 Museu Carlos Costa Pinto Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Av. 7-de-Setembro 2490 BR - Salvador 40080 001

    The collections of the Museu Carlos Costa Pinto show the luxury and refinement of the sugar aristocracy in the 17C-19C through exhibits including Baccarat crystals, Bahian jacaranda furniture, silverware and porcelain from China and Japan... Note als..

  • 18 Praça Tomé de Souza Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Praça Tomé de Souza BR - Salvador

    Praça Tomé de Souza, named after the founder of the city of Salvador (a statue in the centre of the square pays homage to him), or Praça Municipal, because of the institutional monuments that surround it: the Paço Municipal, the city's seat of power,..

  • 19 Museu Afro-Brasileiro in Salvador Interesting

    Museums and art

    Largo do Terreiro-de-Jesus-s/n BR - Salvador 40026 010

    The Afro-Brazilian Museum is dedicated to African culture in Brazil, which is particularly profuse in the State of Bahia. Between the 16C and 19C, some five million Africans were taken to Brazil, most of them Bantu from Angola, the Congo and Mozambiq..

  • 20 Forte São Marcelo Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    BR - Salvador

    Forte São Marcelo is a small, circular fort that was erected on a sandbank in 1650, opposite the Cidade Baixa (Lower Town). It had 54 cannons in a fan formation. Its wall houses rooms where you can find out about the history of the fort and the colon..

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