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!
  • What an odd and eclectic church that proves that humans will believe pretty much anything. If you have any ailments or disease of the body, no problems, get the afflicted limb cast in wax and then hang it from the ceiling of the church - completely normal! Because it’s a point of pilgrimage you’re also harassed to purchase ribbons to tie to the church fence - wasn’t sure of the point of this but it does make for a colourful backdrop for portrait photos
  • Normal church with a lot of ppl the hole sunday because of its tradition. The bracelet thing seems like a trap for tourist but the tale sounds fun. Went there by bus from the city elevator and it was a shame that the buses to come back passed only once every 50minutes. Do not recommend to go there alone or late.
  • Beautiful artwork of an earlier era than I had ever seen before. Amazing and humbling.
  • The heart of my faith lives here.
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