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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  • Linda Church, charming inside and out. Only problem is the stalls facing the Church taking your peace and quiet, but worth visiting.
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  • Perhaps the most famous secular Church of Bahia in virtue of the great religious manifestations as washing of the staircase which by the way is not that big. Ornamentation and altar to be appreciated. Be sure to make your request and tie the Ribbon in the grid of the surroundings.
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  • Salvador, certainly has an enormous amount of churches. Of all, there is a select group of some rather special, as the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim. With super important role in peculiar religiosity, this church is beautiful on the outside and inside. The custom of colored ribbons tied by its visitors with requests to the Senhor do Bonfim, plus an example of devotion and faith ensures a mandatory point to pose and get beautiful pictures of your trip to Bahia. In view of the importance of this church to the people, the masses are always filled with faithful or tourists who want to enjoy your beautiful architecture. It takes a little patience to get a good angle on the inside since so many people looking to be in the same location.
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  • 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!
  • 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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