15 Sights in Salvador, Brazil (with Map and Images)

Here you can find interesting sights in Salvador, Brazil. Click on a marker on the map to view details about the sight. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 15 sights are available in Salvador, Brazil.

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1. Elevador Lacerda

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The Lacerda Elevator (Elevador Lacerda) is a public urban elevator located in Salvador, Brazil, connecting the lower city (Cidade Baixa) to the upper city (Cidade Alta). The 72 metres (236 ft) elevator was built between 1869 and 1873; it was named after Antônio de Lacerda, director of the Commercial Association of Bahia. It was a hydraulic elevator at first; later operating by electricity since 1906. The elevator towers were renovated in 1930, in an Art Deco styling. The Lacerda Elevator has two towers, one that pierces the stone slope of the Ladeira da Montanha, and other, more visible, that goes to the level of the Cidade Baixa. The elevator has four lifts, carrying 27 passengers each on a 30-second ride costing 0.15 reais. In 2019 it transported more than 33,000 passengers per day.

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2. Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo

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The Church of the Third Order of Mount Carmel is an 18th-century Roman Catholic church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It is located adjacent to the Church and Convent of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Work on the church began in 1644. It was destroyed by fire in 1788 and subsequently rebuilt. The church is a large complex consisting of a nave, chancel, choir, corridors, tribunes, meeting rooms, and a sacristy. The interior was richly decorated in the 18th century; the painting of the ceiling of the nave is the first major work by José Teófilo de Jesus. The Church of the Third Order of Mount Carmel was listed as a historic structure by National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) in 1938 and is part of the Historic Center of Salvador UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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3. Forte de São Marcelo

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Forte de São Marcelo Portal da Copa/ME (victoria.camara) / CC BY 3.0 br

São Marcelo Fort, also known as Forte de Nossa Senhora do Pópulo e São Marcelo or Forte do Mar, is located in Salvador in Bahia, Brazil. It is located in small bit of land off the coast in the Baía de Todos os Santos. Standing on a small bank of reefs about 300 metres (980 ft) from the coast, it is one of two forts separated by water from land in Brazil, the other being the Fort Tamandaré da Laje Tamandaré in Rio de Janeiro. It is the only cylindrical fort in Brazil. Its design follows those of Castel Sant'Angelo in Italy and São Lourenço do Bugio Fort in Portugal. It is popularly known as the "Forte do Mar". It was built to protect the important port city Salvador from threats; the city had the largest number of forts during the colonial period of Brazil.

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4. Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia

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The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, or the Basilica of the Conception, is a church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It is affiliated with the Catholic Church and was built in 1623, making it one of the oldest parishes in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia. It was the first church built by the first governor-general of Brazil, Tomé de Sousa. The current structure was prefabricated in Portugal and assembled in Salvador; its construction began in 1739 and ended in the mid 19th century. The art historian Germain Bazin classifies the church as Portuguese in design, rather than part of the Bahian tradition of religious structures of the 17th and 18th century.

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5. Largo do Pelourinho

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Largo do Pelourinho, officially José de Alencar Square, is a street located in the Pelourinho neighborhood, in the heart of the oldest part of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Right at the foot of the old doors of Carmo, near the Terreiro de Jesus and one of the most famous sets of baroque churches in the Americas, formed by the Churches of the Third Order of St. Francis, all in golden carving; from San Francisco; from the Rosary of Blacks; From the step and the imposing Basilica Cathedral, before the Church of the College of the Fathers, where he studied the poet Gregory of Matos and where he preached Father Antonio Vieira.

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6. Terreiro de Jesus

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The Terreiro de Jesus is a plaza located in the Historic Center of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil. The square is located in the oldest part of the city and abuts the Praça da Sé. The Cathedral Basilica of Salvador, formerly the school and church of the Jesuits, is the most prominent structure in the Terreiro de Jesus, and occupies the west of the square. The plaza takes its names from the society. It was renovated in the mid-20th century by the landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx. It is officially know known as the Praça 15 de Novembro, and forms a central cultural and historical center of the city.

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7. Igreja do Rosário dos Pretos

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The Church of the Third Order of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People is an 18th-century Roman Catholic church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Construction of the church took almost 100 years. It is dedicated to Our Lady of the Rosary and belongs to the Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia. The church was listed as a historic structure by National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) in 1938 and is part of the Historic Center of Salvador UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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8. Catedral Basílica Primacial São Salvador

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Junior Catholicism as Savior-Basque is the mother church of all churches in the Bahia Church constituency, where the professorship of the Metropolitan Archbishop and the Presidency of the Borasikis are held. There is also the headquarters of the main reformed parish. The cathedral, the old chapel of the Jesuit Academy, was handed over to the diocese during a year of repressive order, also because of the demolition of the ancient cathedral.

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9. Praça Tomé de Souza

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Praça Tomé de Souza Portal da Copa/ME (victoria.camara) / CC BY 3.0 br

Tomé de Souza Square is a square located in the historic center of Salvador, where there are many public buildings in the city, such as the Tomé de Sousa Palace, Rio Branco Palace, Salvador City Council, among others. It is known to house a statue of the first governor general of Brazil, Tomé de Sousa, bringing together many people. In the background is the Lacerda Elevator and a view of the Bay of All Saints.

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10. Praça Cairu

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Visconde de Cairu Square, or simply Cairu Square, is a square located in Commerce, in Cidade Baixa in Salvador, in the state of Bahia. In it is the Mercado Modelo, the monument to the city of Salvador and the lower station of the Lacerda Elevator, as well as the Nautical Terminal of Bahia, bordering on the Bay of Todos os Santos and the Fort of São Marcelo more in the background.

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11. Praça da Sé

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The square is a public attic in the center of historical savior, the capital of Bahia, Brazil. One reason for this in the 1930s was the demolition of the old Bahia Church, which was named the Square and some other buildings. In the 1950s, it operated as a road terminal until the terminal of lapa was built.

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12. Museu Abelardo Rodrigues

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The Abelado Rodriguez Museum is a Brazilian museum that occupies the Sun Stinger on the Savior trumpet. Linked to Bahia's Institute of Art and Cultural Heritage (ipac), the organ focuses on the art of sacred music produced in the Brazilian language.

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13. Palácio do Rio Branco

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The Rio Branco Palace is a palace and former seat of government in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It is one of the oldest palaces in Brazil and dates to 1549. It is located within the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Historic Center of Salvador.

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14. Forte da Capoeira

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Forte de Santo Antônio Além do Carmo is a fort located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It is variously known as the Forte da Capoeira, State Prison. The fort defended the northern limit of Salvador at its time of construction 17th century.

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15. Solar Ferrão

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Solar Iron, located at the Historic Savior Center in the capital of Brazil's state of Bahia, is a building that is part of the national heritage forged by iphan. The building houses the Abelado Rodriguez Museum of Saxophone Art.

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