Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church, Salvador

The most famous church in Salvador, Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church has a long standing history of granting miracles. As you approach the gate, you'll notice it's covered with colorful tissue strips called fitas. Children will try to sell you this colored paper that you can tie to the gate and around your wrist for good luck.

This plain 18th-century building on the small peninsula north of downtown has astonishing symbols inside. At the back of the church, you'll find valuable and significant objects that people have donated as thanks for miracles in the Room of Miracles. And for even odder iconography, look at the hanging body parts cast in plastic, wood, and metal hanging from the ceiling in the Room of Thanks. Plan to see Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salvador tour itinerary planner.
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  • Those who visit Salvador, regardless of religion, can only go on the Hill of the Church of Senhor do Bonfim. Magical place, where the wind never stops blowing and it looks like the time to! The Church is located in one of the oldest areas of the city, on a hill, surrounded by ancient houses, some kept and others not so much. The Church is one of the most mystical of the Catholic religion, that why the Senhor do Bonfim is also known in candomble as the Orisha Oshala. The Union of beliefs has your day of glory the day 10 January, where the washing of the stairs of the Church by Bahia of condomblé and then held a mass in the interior of the Church. Peace, unity, respect, protection and a lot of harmony in this day of grace to all the faithful. Place deserves, for Catholics it is essential to enter the Church, make 03 requests, meet the room of miracles and of course tie a colorful ribbon iron entry gates. Whenever I'm in Salvador I go to Bonfim to redo my requests and be blessed! Tips: buy ribbons and candles in stores around the Church, everything is cheaper than in peddlers who stay at the door of the Church. Important: not to be bothered not to let tie the Ribbon on my wrist at the entrance of the Church. It is customary and practiced by the inhabitants of the region. Let to buy the multicolored ribbons after the visit. The Bansal is away and worth getting to know the region, and include the Lacerda Elevator and model market hire a tour with transportation.
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  • Gets a little out of the way but it sure is worth the view! Very old baroque church, which is part of the traditional Bahian culture. At the foot of the Church, people offer the famous ribbons and blessings too. Valley place an order and leave your mark on the grid of the Church with the other thousands of colored ribbons.
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  • Simple Church but with his riches históricas Watched a mass and was packed, hot inside, but exciting to be there.
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  • Magical, mystical place. You can feel the energy coming from the place and all the faithful that pack this historic church.
  • A church other than all which I visited. Very weird is a hall with plastic parts of the body. And don't forget to leave Yours FITAS on the wall
  • The basilica is a pilgrimage location for Brazilians. They travel long distances to visit the place when in need of divine intervention for some malaise including bringing plastic body parts in the hope that they will be cured. You will probably be handed out some of those colourful ribbons ..... a tip is appreciated!
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  • Must see for any tourist visit, and a good place to go every few years if you are a local. Make sure to get some Bonfim ribbons to tie to the fence outside. If you are lucky enough to be there the middle of January there is a huge procession where thousands of people walk from just below the Pelourinho to the church. It's a sacred procession but not a solemn one. Plenty of beer, food, água de coco, etc. along the route.

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The majority of accommodations in Salvador fall into three distinct groupings. If you want to be close to the best historical attractions, stay in or near the old town of Pelourinho, a few minutes from the city's west-facing coastline. This also puts you in the heart of Salvador's tourist-driven nightlife. Your second option is to stay at the southwestern tip of the city, in the neighborhood of Barram, where you'll have instant access to one of Salvador's favorite beaches. Finally, look a bit farther afield to Rio Vermelho, a quieter beachside neighborhood facing south.
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