Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People, Salvador

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#4 of 26 in Historic Sites in Salvador
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Built in a town that hosted the first slave port in Brazilin, Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People is a reminder of the determination of people who refused to give up on faith. The slaves who worshipped there constructed the church in the 18th century because they weren't allowed in the settlers' churches. The wooden ceiling is painted with ornate allegory, but the rest of the structure is simple and functional in its design. Outside the front of the church you will find a plaque giving background on the building in English. The graveyard behind the church is home to the remains of Anastasia, a local heroine who has become legend in Brazil's history. Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Salvador Edition.
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  • Sunday mass starts at 9:00 a.m. (sort of) I got there at 8:50 a.m. - already almost full, so get there early. The mass started around 9:30 a.m. It was a joyful celebration from start to finish. Drummi...  more »
  • The church is fascinating, with big signs (also in English) explaining about its history. On Tuesday at 6PM there's a fascinating mass - come early to grab a seat.  more »
  • Unfortunately I didn't have time to enter. I'm giving 3 note because it was satisfying to be in your face. See more testimonials from travelers who were able to get into it.
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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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