Salvador and the Bahia Coast

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  • 1. Casa do Rio Vermelho

    Rio Vermelho | Educational Institution

    Dedicated to the life and work of Salvador’s favorite son, author Jorge Amado, this museum is one of the city’s star attractions for both literary...Read More

  • 2. Catedral Basílica

    Terreiro de Jesus | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Recognized as one of the richest examples of baroque architecture in Brazil, this 17th-century masterpiece is a must-visit. The masonry facade...Read More

  • 3. Igreja de São Francisco

    Pelourinho | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the most impressive churches in Salvador, the Church of St. Francis was built in the 18th century on the site of an earlier church that...Read More

  • 4. Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia (MAM)

    Comércio | Museum/Gallery

    When Italian-Brazilian modernist architect Lina do Bardi set about transforming this 17th-century private fazenda overlooking the sea, she created...Read More

  • 5. Convento de São Francisco

    Pelourinho | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    With an interior glittering in gold, the church here is considered one of the country's most impressive. Along with intricately carved woodwork...Read More

  • 6. Elevador Lacerda

    Comércio | Transportation Site (Airport, Bus, Ferry, Train)

    For a few centavos, ascend 236 feet in about a minute in the world's first urban elevator, which runs between Praça Visconde de Cayrú in the...Read More

  • 7. Feira de São Joaquim

    Comércio | Market/Bazaar

    A visit to this all-encompassing daily market, the largest in the state, is a headfirst dive into Bahian culture. Dress down and wander labyrinthine...Read More

  • 8. Forte de Santo Antonio Além do Carmo

    Santo Antônio | Educational Institution

    While this fort set at the end of Rua Direita de Santo Antonio may not win prizes for its architecture, its real draw is as a center for capoeira...Read More

  • 9. Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra

    Barra | Museum/Gallery

    A symbol of Salvador, St. Anthony's Fort has stood guard over Salvador since its construction in 1534, and is recognized as Brazil's oldest...Read More

  • 10. Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

    Pelourinho | Library/Archive

    This colonial mansion set on the Pelourinho provides a glimpse into the life, work, and inspiration of Bahia's best beloved writer, Jorge Amado...Read More

  • 11. Fundação Pierre Verger Gallery

    Pelourinho | Museum/Gallery

    At this gallery dedicated to the works of renowned French photographer Pierre Verger you can catch a rotating selection of his captivating black...Read More

  • 12. Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

    Pelourinho | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by and for slaves between 1704 and 1796, the Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos has finally won acclaim outside the local Afro...Read More

  • 13. Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Set atop a hill as the Itapagibe Peninsula extends into the bay, Salvador's iconic Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bomfim is well worth the 8-km ...Read More

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  • 14. Igreja São Domingos de Gusmão da Ordem Terceira

    Terreiro de Jesus | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The baroque Church of the Third Order of St. Dominic (1731) houses a collection of carved processional saints and other sacred objects. Such...Read More

  • 15. Ilha de Itaparica


    The largest of 56 islands in the Baía de Todos os Santos, Itaparica was originally settled because its ample supply of fresh mineral water was...Read More

  • 16. Largo do Pelourinho

    Pelourinho | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    Once the "whipping post" for runaway for slaves, this square now serves as the cultural heart of Salvador's Historic Center, with regular live...Read More

  • 17. Mercado Modelo

    Cidade Baixa | Market/Bazaar

    Set on the bay in Cidade Baixa, this crafts market was once the holding pen for slaves between the 17th and 19th century as they arrived off...Read More

  • 18. Museu Afro-Brasileiro

    Pelourinho | Museum/Gallery

    Next to the Catedral Basílica, this palatial pink building has a collection of more than 1,100 pieces relating to the city's religious or spiritual...Read More

  • 19. Museu Carlos Costa Pinto

    Corredor da Vitória | Museum/Gallery

    A collection of more than 3,000 objects gathered from around the world by the Costa Pinto family, including furniture, crystal, silver pieces...Read More

  • 20. Museu de Arte Sacra

    Centro | Museum/Gallery

    Housed in a former Carmelite monastery, the museum and the adjoining Igreja de Santa Teresa (St. Theresa Church) are among the best in Salvador...Read More

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