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Ordem Terceira do Carmo church, Salvador

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Built in the 19th century on the site of an older church, Ordem Terceira do Carmo church is located in the historic heart of town and houses the famous Nossa Senhora do Carmo statue. The statue is believed to be the likeness of the daughter of a powerful landholder who once held sway over the entire region. The statue’s creator, known locally as Half-Caste, was a slave with no artistic training and a passionate love for the landowner’s young daughter. Cradled in the statue’s arms is a life-size image of Christ with black features (like the artist’s would have been), which once made it one of the most scandalous images in the country. You can see the infamous sculpture, with its 2,000 rubies representing Christ’s tears, inside the church’s adjoining museum. Ordem Terceira do Carmo church is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our custom trip planner, Salvador Edition.
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  • A bit off the beaten path, but well worth a visit. We went fairly early in the day and a helpful young man took us around to see every nook and cranny including the escape tunnel in the basement that ...  more »
  • This beautiful Carmelite convent is well worth a visit, not so much for the rococo church interior as for the adjoining chapels and convent buildings. It's not open all the time and it's tricky to fin...  more »
  • this has a church, a dining room, a downstairs dungeon, the lot, the air and space is breathtaking and good old body of Christ in a coffin, always scaring the kiddies....loved it.  more »
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  • It's in an abandonment of crying. There's a sign telling works from 2014 to end in Apr/2016. More than R $8,000,000 and almost nothing has been done. Sad.
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  • The town has a church every 100 m and all very beautiful and with history. This was recorded in the staircase film O Pagador de Promessas.
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  • Place of peace...
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