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Salvador and the Bahia Coast Sights

Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra

  • Nautical Site/Lighthouse

Updated 06/20/2013

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A symbol of Salvador, St. Anthony's Fort has stood guard over Salvador since 1583. The lighthouse atop the fort wasn't built until 1696, after many a ship wrecked on the coral reefs around the Baía de Todos os Santos entrance. Go in the late afternoon to climb the 22-meter tower before watching the impressive sunset with the crowds who gather on the bank below. Across the road, don't miss stopping by Dinha's barraca for acarajé, her version of the typical Bahian speciality is rumoured to be the best in town.

Museu Náutico. Located inside the fort, the Museu Náutico has permanent exhibitions of old maps, navigational equipment, artillery, model vessels, and remnants of shipwrecks found by archaeologists off the Bahian coast. Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n, 40140–650. 071/3264–3296.

Sight Information


Praça Farol da Barra, Salvador, 40140–650, Brazil



Sight Details:

  • R$8–10
  • Museum Tues.–Sun. 8:30–7

Updated 06/20/2013


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