Cathedral Basilica of Salvador, Salvador

Cathedral Basilica of Salvador, Salvador (must see)

The Cathedral Basilica of Salvador, officially dedicated to the Transfiguration of Christ and named Primatial Cathedral Basilica of the Transfiguration of the Lord, is the seat of the archbishop of Salvador. The cathedral has been listed as a historic structure by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage since 1938.

The Cathedral Basilica of Salvador was originally built as part of a Jesuit monastic and educational complex. The first church was constructed in 1590. When the Dutch entered Salvador in 1624, the church was stripped of its silverwork and used as a warehouse.

The reconstruction of the complex was finished in 1654 after the Portuguese regained control of the city. It was built closely resemble the Jesuit Church of Coimbra in Portugal, carried out through the Mannerist architectural style and building the structure with Lioz stone sourced from Portugal.

Inside, the cathedral is a one-aisled church of rectangular shape, without transept, and with a very shallow main chapel. The side walls have a series of lateral chapels decorated with altarpieces. The chapels illustrate altarpiece art from the late 16th through the mid-18th centuries, all decorated with sculptures and paintings. The sacristy cabinet dates to the 17th century and showcase the life of Jesus in paintings on copper panels.

Much of the complex burned in 1905, leaving only the church behind. It was reconstructed in 1933 and then gained protected status. The cathedral is open to the general public for tours and worship.

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Cathedral Basilica of Salvador on Map

Sight Name: Cathedral Basilica of Salvador
Sight Location: Salvador, Brazil (See walking tours in Salvador)
Sight Type: Religious
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Walking Tours in Salvador, Brazil

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Salvador Introduction Walking Tour

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Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
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