Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #3 in Salvador, Brazil


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 20 sights
Distance 6.6 km
Ascend 306 m
Descend 295 m

Explore Salvador in Brazil with this free self-guided walking tour. The map shows the route of the tour. Below is a list of attractions, including their details.

Activities in SalvadorIndividual Sights in Salvador

Sight 1: Monumento Cruz do Pascoal

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The Paschal Cross, or Paschal Cross Public Oratory, is a public monument in Salvador, the capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. It was listed by the National Institute of Historical and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) in 1938, through process no. 122.

Wikipedia: Cruz do Pascoal (PT)

451 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 2: 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.

Wikipedia: Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos, Salvador (EN)

76 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

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Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado joquerollo [2] / CC BY 2.0

The Casa de Jorge Amado Foundation is a Brazilian non-governmental and non-profit organization based in the mansion that faces Largo do Pelourinho, in Salvador, Bahia. It is a cultural institution with various activities and a research center, with documentation on Jorge Amado himself, Zélia Gattai and Bahian literature, open to visitors and highlighting courses, seminars, workshops, conference cycles, lectures, book and record launches, exhibitions, focusing on literary, artistic and human sciences themes.

Wikipedia: Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado (PT)

72 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 4: Largo do Pelourinho

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Largo do Pelourinho, officially Praça José de Alencar, is a street located in the neighborhood of Pelourinho, in the heart of the oldest part of the city of Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Right at the foot of the old Portas do 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 gilded woodcarving; of San Francisco; of the Rosary of the Blacks; and the imposing Cathedral-basilica, formerly the Church of the College of the Fathers, where the poet Gregório de Matos studied and where Father Antônio Vieira preached.

Wikipedia: Largo do Pelourinho (PT)

25 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 5: Museu da Cidade

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The City Museum is a museum located in the region of Largo do Pelourinho in Salvador, Bahia state. The Museum was inaugurated on July 5, 1973 and tells the history of the city. The museum's enormous variety of pieces ranges from ancient to modern, from sacred to profane and is responsible for demonstrating elements responsible for Salvador's artistic, religious and cultural diversity.

Wikipedia: Museu da Cidade (Salvador) (PT)

66 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 6: Solar Ferrão

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Solar Ferrão is a building located in Pelourinho, Historic Center of Salvador, capital of the Brazilian State of Bahia, and which is part of the national heritage listed by IPHAN. The building houses the Abelardo Rodrigues Museum of sacred art.

Wikipedia: Solar Ferrão (PT)

14 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 7: Museu Abelardo Rodrigues

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The Abelardo Rodrigues Museum is a Brazilian museum that occupies the Solar Ferrão, in Pelourinho, Salvador. The organ is linked to the Institute of Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Bahia (IPAC) and its collection is focused on sacred art produced in Brazil.

Wikipedia: Museu Abelardo Rodrigues (PT)

228 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 8: Escola Olodum

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Escola Olodum The original uploader was Mateuszica at Portuguese Wikipedia. / CC BY-SA 3.0

Olodum is a bloco-afro from Salvador's carnival, in Bahia, Brazil. It was founded by the percussionist Neguinho do Samba.

Wikipedia: Olodum (EN)

209 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 9: Terreiro de Jesus

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Terreiro de Jesus

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 known as the Praça 15 de Novembro, and forms a central cultural and historical center of the city.

Wikipedia: Terreiro de Jesus (EN)

23 meters / 0 minutes

Sight 10: Museu Afro-Brasileiro

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The Afro-Brazilian Museum in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, was inaugurated on 7 January 1982 by the then Director of the Center for Afro-Oriental Studies (CEAO), Dr. Yeda Pessoa de Castro, through an agreement between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Education and Culture of Brazil, the government of Bahia, the city of Salvador and the Federal University of Bahia.

Wikipedia: Afro-Brazilian Museum (EN)

172 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 11: Praça da Sé

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Praça da Sé is a public place in the Historic Center of Salvador, capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia. It emerged in the 1930s due to the demolition of the old Bahia Cathedral, which gave rise to the name of the square, and some other colonial buildings. In the 1950s, it functioned as a bus terminal until the Lapa Terminal was built.

Wikipedia: Praça da Sé (Salvador) (PT)

307 meters / 4 minutes

Sight 12: 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.

Wikipedia: Rio Branco Palace (EN)

95 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 13: 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 the other, more visible, goes to the Cidade Baixa level. 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.

Wikipedia: Elevador Lacerda (EN)

670 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 14: Mario Cravo

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The Monument to the City of Salvador, also known as the Market Ramp Fountain, is a sculpture made by the Brazilian artist Mário Cravo, inaugurated on January 13, 1970 and located in the Comércio neighborhood, in the city of Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia. It is a monument listed at the state level and, once located in Visconde de Cairu Square, it is close to iconic structures also listed such as the Lacerda Elevator and the Mercado Modelo, but also to the headquarters of the 2nd Naval District of the Navy and the Nautical Tourist Terminal of Bahia. It has become one of the main postcards of the city.

Wikipedia: Monumento à Cidade do Salvador (PT)

752 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 15: Casarão dos Azulejos Azuis

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The Sobrado Azulejado, also known as the Sobrado de Azulejos, is a late 19th-century commercial building in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It is located in the Comércio district on Praça Cayru, a public square, and close to the Mercado Modelo public market. The house is entirely glazed in azulejo, a tin-glazed ceramic tile; all of the tiles of the sobrado were manufactured in Portugal. The structure was listed as a national heritage site by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage (IPHAN) in 1969. Udo Knoff, a ceramics researcher, called the building "the most azulejo-tiled building" in Bahia.

Wikipedia: Sobrado Azulejado (EN)

525 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 16: Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

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Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia fernando_dallacqua [2] / CC BY 2.0

The Historic Center (US) or Centre of Salvador de Bahia in Brazil, also known as the Pelourinho or Pelo, is a historic neighborhood in western Salvador, Bahia. It was the city's center during the Portuguese colonial period and was named for the whipping post in its central plaza where enslaved people from Africa were publicly beaten as punishment for alleged infractions. The Historic Center is extremely rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries.

Wikipedia: Historic Center of Salvador (EN), Website

748 meters / 9 minutes

Sight 17: 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.

Wikipedia: Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Salvador (EN)

387 meters / 5 minutes

Sight 18: Praça Castro Alves

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Praça Castro Alves

Praça Castro Alves is a street located in the city of Salvador, capital of the Brazilian state of Bahia, located in the central part of the old urban center, in Cidade Alta.

Wikipedia: Praça Castro Alves (PT)

797 meters / 10 minutes

Sight 19: Praça da Piedade

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Praça da Piedade is located in the historic center of the city of Salvador, state of Bahia, Brazil.

Wikipedia: Praça da Piedade (PT)

970 meters / 12 minutes

Sight 20: Praça Duque de Caxias

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This is a list of squares in Salvador, the capital city of the Brazilian state of Bahia. In the past, notably until the installation of fountains for public water supply in the 1850s, Salvador's squares were spaces for Catholic religious festivities and processions, manifestations of local or imperial power such as punishments in the pillory, penal executions on the gallows and proclamations of new laws, as well as the trade of food and services by the black population.

Wikipedia: Praça Duque de Caxias (Salvador) (PT)


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