Pelourinho, one of the historycal places of Salvador, BA, Brazil

Published on May 6, 2013, 3:43 pm

Pelourinho is an area located at the top of the historic center of Salvador and which involves one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city. The Pelourinho is a scenario somewhat preserved about the colonial expansion of the city in the XVII and XVIII centuries.

Listed by IPHAN – National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute and considered by UNESCO World Heritage place, the Pelourinho is entirely formed by centuries-old mansions that belonged to powerful government officials, were the wealthy gentlemen of the mill and also traders.

The Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosário do Pretos (Our Lady of the Rosary of Black) is a symbol of the city in Catholicism started by Dominican priests on the African coast, and sits at the Largo do Pelourinho. The visitor is referred to an era of wealth and ostentation, but also a sad part of the colonial history of slavery of African people who were brought here to work in the extraction of Pau-Brazil wood, construction and agriculture too.

Some buildings of Pelourinho, like the Solar Stinger, now it is museums. Some of them are Abelardo Rodrigues Museum, the Casa de Jorge Amado Foundation, the City Museum, the Museu das Portas do Carmo and Tempostal Museum .

Nowadays it is possible to have contact with dozens of restaurants of typical food, lots of music at several points, Capoeira shows, another hundred handcraft stores and local souvenirs.

Be sure to witness a test of Olodum a percussion troupe that takes the visitor to have contact with the legitimate typical music of Bahia.


For the Cidade Baixa (Undercity)

To reach the “Pelourinho” by the Lower City, you must take the Lacerda Elevator, via the bus line “Catedral da Sé”, taxi or rent a car are also good options. Upon arriving, you have a beautiful view of the Baía de Todos os Santos (Bay of All Saints). Where you can see the sea, the lower city and the Mercado Modelo (Market Model) .

Baixa do Sapateiro (Cobblers Lowers)

Another option is to go get Pelourinho by the Baixa do Sapateiro, but well worth walking up the Lacerda Elevator to contemplate the delightful views of the Baía de Todos os Santos. 

Newsroom, with information from the Department of Tourism Saltur

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