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Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church, Salvador

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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. Make Nosso Senhor do Bonfim church a centerpiece of your Salvador vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Salvador vacation trip planner.
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  • It was not so my taste, I was nice, but I definitely prefer the historic center of Pelourinho. There was a lot of people trying to sell simple tourist gifts really too expensive and too convincingly. ...  more »
  • This church, oo the outskirts of Salvador, Bahia, is famous as a pilgrimage site. Many Brazilians wear colored bands on their wrists as reminders of their visits to this church. The church is very old...  more »
  • A beautiful church with beautiful sacred sculptures. The church is quite golden and worth visiting, particularly during a cerimony.  more »
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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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