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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  • October 6, 2017
    Very beautiful church which preserves very well your architecture and ancient beauty. In full swing, with masses much good. A must for the Savior.
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  • October 6, 2017
    Stunning and impactful, covered with gold and puzzles. The Church hides many interesting stories.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Visit this church is a classic for any tourist who is in Salvador. It is very picturesque, they draw attention to countless tapes of colours that people attached to their shares while he asks the three wishes. Linking has a nice energy, I liked it! Almost no one returns from Salvador without one of those ribbons on your wrist, sell them everywhere, not only in the vicinity of the temple.
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  • March 19, 2017
    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!
  • December 24, 2015
    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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