Free Walking Sightseeing Tour #4 in Salvador, Brazil


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Tour Facts

Number of sights 10 sights
Distance 3.3 km
Ascend 208 m
Descend 265 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: 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)

172 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 2: Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Domingos

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The Church of the Third Order of Penitence of Saint Dominic of Osma is an 18th-century Roman Catholic church in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. The church is dedicated to Saint Dominic, a Castilian priest and founder of the Dominican Order. It belongs to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of São Salvador da Bahia. It occupies the north-west perimeter of the Terreiro de Jesus, opposite the Cathedral Basilica of Salvador. The church was listed as a historic structure by the National Historic and Artistic Heritage Institute in 1938.

Wikipedia: Church of the Third Order of Penitence of Saint Dominic of Osma (EN)

58 meters / 1 minutes

Sight 3: 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)

195 meters / 2 minutes

Sight 4: 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)

673 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 5: 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

525 meters / 6 minutes

Sight 6: 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)

268 meters / 3 minutes

Sight 7: 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 8: 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 9: 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)

687 meters / 8 minutes

Sight 10: Forte de São Marcelo

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Forte de São Marcelo

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.

Wikipedia: São Marcelo Fort (EN)


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