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Southern Bahia

Jan 16, 10 Southern Bahia

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The southern part of Bahia is an interesting mixture of modern and traditional influences. You’ll find many of the things that the Bahian coast is famous for: Bahianas in traditional white hoop dresses serving regional foods in the praças of the small villages, 17th century religious architecture from Brazil’s colonial period,...

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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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