Catedral Basilica do Salvador, Salvador

Catedral Basilica do Salvador, Salvador (must see)

The Cathedral Basilica of Salvador, officially dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ, is the seat of the Archbishop of the city of Salvador. In its origins the present cathedral building was the church of the Jesuit Order of Salvador. The Jesuits arrived in the city still in the 16th century and built a first church and college.

In the second half of the 17th century the Jesuits built a new church - the one that exists today - in the Mannerist style then fashionable in Portugal. The façade is very similar to contemporary Portuguese churches like the Jesuit Church of Coimbra. The façade is made in light Lioz stone brought from Portugal and is flanked by two short bell towers.

Inside, the cathedral is a one-aisled church of rectangular shape, without transept and with a very shallow main chapel. The side walls of the church have a series of lateral chapels decorated with altarpieces. This floorplan scheme is based on the Church of São Roque in LisbonThe chapels of the cathedral offer an interesting showcase of altarpiece art from the late 16th through the mid-18th centuries, all decorated with sculptures and paintings. The sacristy of the church is richly decorated with Baroque furniture, 17th century Portuguese tiles and ceiling wooden panels painted with Mannerist motifs and portraits of important Jesuits.

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Catedral Basilica do Salvador on Map

Sight Name: Catedral Basilica do Salvador
Sight Location: Salvador, Brazil
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Churches Tour in Salvador   City Orientation Walk  

Walking Tours in Salvador, Brazil

Create Your Own Walk in Salvador

Create Your Own Walk in Salvador

Creating your own self-guided walk in Salvador is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Everyday Life Tour in Salvador

Everyday Life Tour in Salvador

The modern part of the city is the best place to experience Salvador’s everyday life. You will find many locals walking in its parks, a Protestant church, as there are many Baptists in the city, and a beach that gets particularly crowded with locals, especially on weekends. Take the following tour to learn more about the everyday lives of Salvador’s citizens.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.9 km
Shopping Tour in Salvador

Shopping Tour in Salvador

Salvador is a paradise for shoppers where you can find arts, crafts and anything else for sale on its historic streets at very reasonable prices. Take the following tour to discover Salvador’s best stores, markets and shopping districts.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 km
Waterfront Tour in Salvador

Waterfront Tour in Salvador

Salvador’s waterfront contains numerous tourist attractions, including an old lighthouse, a city landmark, museums, art galleries and of course the beach. Take the following tour to discover the area surrounding Salvador’s waterfront.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
South Salvador Tour

South Salvador Tour

South Salvador contains several great attractions worth seeing, with many architectural sites along the historic Avenida de Sete Septembrio. Several squares, monuments and sculptures can also be found in this part of the city. Take the following tour to discover the great attractions on Salvador’s south side.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

The main city of Brazilian state of Bahia, Salvador is a tasty cocktail of Portuguese, African and Brazilian cultures manifested in the colonial architecture set against a luring, tropical coastline. This walking tour takes you to the historic heart of the city which has retained much of its old-time atmosphere, reflected in the cobblestone alleys, large squares, colorful facades and numerous churches.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Lower City Tour in Salvador

Lower City Tour in Salvador

Salvador is divided into the historic Upper City, and the Lower City located on the waterfront. The Lower City has a great view of the Bay of All Saints and magnificent buildings, monuments and fountains. Take the following tour to see the best spots in this area of Salvador.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.9 km