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Beaches North of Salvador

Dec 24, 10 Beaches North of Salvador

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JACUIPE BEACH There is a marina here with lots of motors winding, from the many water sports going on offshore. Of course this makes the tide a little oily, especially when low. High tide is better for swimming. GUARAJUBA BEACH The Guarajuba area is marked by real estate developments. That’s because of the new Ford plant that...

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Pelourinho: Architecture & Monuments

Dec 24, 10 Pelourinho: Architecture & Monuments

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Palácio Rio Branco Marking the eastern edge of Pelourinho (or the entrance to the city, depending on your point of view), the Palácio Rio Branco stands as a fabulous example of Brazilian architecture from the early 1900s. Before the current building was constructed in 1919, the site had number of previous incarnations. In 1549,...

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Pelourinho: Museums

Dec 23, 10 Pelourinho: Museums

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Museu de Arte Sacra This old convent houses one of the country’s largest collections of sacred art and sculpture, specializing in Baroque sculpture (of course). After seeing so many Baroque churches in Pelourinho and the Cidade Baixa, you might be reluctant to see a museum full of Baroque religious images. But this one is worth a...

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What to do in Barra

Mar 31, 09 What to do in Barra

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The very tip of the Salvador peninsula (if you can call it that) is the area called Barra. It’s marked by the largest and most significant fort in northern Brazil. The Barra neighborhood is where the beaches begin, and they continue north up the Atlantic coastline to Itapuan and Flamengo. As you turn from the bay side of Salvador...

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Historic Churches in Pelourinho

Mar 31, 09 Historic Churches in Pelourinho

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Catedral Basilica de São Salvador As you walk into the main praça of Pelourinho, called the Terreiro de Jesus, the Catedral Basilica will be on your left. You can’t miss it; it’s the largest and most impressive church in the praça, built in the early 1600s, not long after the founding of Salvador. Much of the original...

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Pelourinho (Centro Historico) and Bonfim

Mar 31, 09 Pelourinho (Centro Historico) and Bonfim

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Over 800 colonial mansions and Baroque churches lean against the hillside of the old city center of Pelourinho. It was here at the Largo do Pelourinho where slaves and outlaws were publicly whipped (the word Pelourinho means whipping post). During its heyday, Pelourinho was the center of Salvador, the capital city of the colony and...

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A Brief History of Salvador de Bahia

Jan 02, 09 A Brief History of Salvador de Bahia

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One of the first cities to be developed in Brazil, Salvador’s official founding is 1549, when Captain Tomé de Souza came to govern the land given to him by King João III of Portugal. A dubious honor, but certainly better than suffering the inquisition back home. Others had failed at keeping the colony free of French pirates and...

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Salvador: The Heart & Soul of Brazil

Oct 25, 08 Salvador: The Heart & Soul of Brazil

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Salvador It’s difficult to think of a place in South America more rich in history, more steeped in art and culture, more tied to the conquest of liberation than Salvador da Bahia. Many consider Salvador to be the very pulse of Brazilian culture, the grand palace overlooking Brazil’s ethnic landscape. Salvador’s heart remains...

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