Sights in Salvador

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Carlos Costa Pinto Museum.

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Sao Francisco

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The outside looks dull, but the inside is covered in gold leaf and is as ornate as it is beautiful.

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Afro-Brazilian Museum

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Located on the Terreiro de Jesus, the Museum has excellent displays explaining the many cultural connections between Bahia and Africa.  Prominent among these are the religious practices imported to Brazil with the slave trade, including candomblé, an animist tradition originating in West Africa.  A visit to the Museum before attending either a candomblé ceremony or the Balé Focloricó will help you understand both much better.

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Museu de Arte da Bahia

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17th-century antique displays.

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Farol da Barra

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16th-century fort overlooking one of several sites claiming to be the original spot where Portuguese navigator Cabral’s party landed in Brazi.

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Igreja do Bomfim

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Famous for its Room of Miracles where believers leave reproductions of body parts that need healing.

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Museu Abelardo Rodriques

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Good collection of colonial paintings. Museu da Cidade Has many Yoruba tribal displays. The Yoruba are one of the main tribes of Nigeria and where shipped to Brazil in the colonial days to work as slaves.

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Lacerda elevator

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This ingenious contraption provides a speedy way between the upper and lower parts of the city, plus a spectacular view from the top.  The sculpture at the foot of the elevator is affectionately known as "the butt" (enlarge the photo to see why).  It is located a block from the Mercado Modelo, the city's largest and touristy-est crafts market.

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