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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  • On reaching the Church begins to approach the hawkers. Avoid buying disorder the blotters in some of the tents that are on the left side of the Church, where vendors are not invasive (are there in them). Inside, also on the left side, there's a priest on duty to bless the blotters. The interior of the Church is simple, but the set has lots of energy, sentivel even by those who do not follow the religion.
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  • I'm not Catholic but I felt an incredible peace in this church. We received the blessing of the priest and did our thanks and request with the ribbons.
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  • Very good energy! Worth go and tie a Ribbon ... do a prayer and buy some souvenirs around!
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  • This church in Brazil has a lot of history. If you come to Salvador and don't visit the church, you are missing out. The church has a room full of photos and cast body parts which represent a 'miracle room', Brazilians believe in Saints, and when they get a miracle, they bring a photo or something; that will represent it. The wristbands that you will see everywhere are very famous in Brazil. It means when you tie it to your wrist, you need to make 3 wishes in every single knot, (3 knots, 1 wish for each) when it come loose, the wishes comes true. The church has daily mass and it is beautiful inside. It is a perfect place to go and watch the sunset. Enjoy!
  • 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!
  • 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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