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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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  • If you take away the charm decadentissimo of anthropological interpretation/religious, the Church is rather sketchy, certainly not one of the most beautiful of Salvador, indeed. The surroundings are forgettable (slums and, alas, quite unsure), and the place is pretty out of the way. Go there accompanied at all times. In front of the Church don't even have time to get out of the car and already you are surrounded by boys and girls who ask for money giving you that useless colored strap from which you'll surely be persecuted during your stay in the city. For a Catholic can be a reason of interest: If you happen to church during mass, you will be amazed and you will be amazed by the extraordinary intensified religiousness of the faithful, whose intensity vi emozionerá and will make you make a comparison with the majority of the faithful and merely formal distracted in our churches. There, in that Church as in all Brazilian churches, the intensified religiousness cut sliced during a church service. And note: this writer is an atheist.
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  • And we still had yet to receive a single blessing from the priest. We love. And the wall of ribbons, perfect for photos and requests.
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  • The Church is beautiful, is near the fortress of Humaitá, where has panoramic views to every city, has a small shop next to the Church that sells some memories, but without varieties, very simple, has a craft shop next door, which draws more attention beyond the Church's own history is the outside, the Church is air pocketthat's surrounded by a grid where people tie the ribbons with your requests, yields beautiful pictures on the site.
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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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Where to stay in Salvador

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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