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Salvador and the Bahia Coast Sights

Largo do Pelourinho (Pelourinho Square)

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Updated 06/24/2013

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Once the "whipping post" for runaway for slaves, this square now serves as the cultural heart of Salvador's historic center, with regular live music performed in front of the colourful colonial buildings. The four public stages are named after characters in Jorge Amado novels; a museum on the acclaimed author, who lived from 1912 to 2001, borders the upper end of the square. While summer months see performances nightly, year-around Tuesdays and Sundays are the days not

to miss for music in the Pelourinho. The small plaza commemorates the day in 1888 when Princesa Isabel, daughter of Dom Pedro II, signed the decree that officially ended slavery.

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Intersection of Rua Alfredo de Brito and Ladeira do Ferrão, Salvador, 40026–280, Brazil

Updated 06/24/2013

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