Churches Tour in Salvador, Salvador

Salvador’s historic district contains many old Catholic churches with wonderful architecture and history. It has so many that some joke that one can visit a different church in Salvador each day of the year. Take the following tour to discover the city’s best churches.
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Churches Tour in Salvador Map

Guide Name: Churches Tour in Salvador
Guide Location: Brazil » Salvador (See other walking tours in Salvador)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.5 km
Author: vickyc
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Igreja do Boqueirão

1) Igreja do Boqueirão

Igreja do Boqueirão, an architectural jewel in the historic center of Salvador, was constructed in 1726 in a combination of Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical styles. Recently fully restored, this beautiful church’s interior houses adornments in gold and amazing religious...   view more
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Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos

2) Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos (must see)

Igreja Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos, built in the Rococo style in 1704, is an impressive church with a bell atop its spire. Its windows and doors are finely detailed, with rich carvings inside and painted tiles depicting Biblical scenes. It also has a Neoclassical altar and fine 18th century statues of Our Lady of the Rosary and other saints. Behind the church is an old slave...   view more
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São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador

3) São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador (must see)

The São Francisco Church and Convent of Salvador is located in the historical centre of Salvador. The convent and its church are very important colonial monuments in Brazil. The current church was built between 1708 and 1723, but the interior was decorated by several artists during a great part of the 18th century. Most decoration of the church and convent were finished by 1755.

The friars of the Franciscan Order arrived in Salvador in 1587 and soon built a convent and church, but these were...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Igreja de São Pedro dos Clérigos

4) Igreja de São Pedro dos Clérigos

Igreja de São Pedro dos Clérigos is a great example of Colonial Recife architecture. Constructed in the 18th century, it has remained an historical and cultural artifact of the city. It has a stunning Baroque façade, an exquisitely carved door, splendid wooden altars and a beautifully painted ceiling. After a restoration the church acquired some Neoclassical...   view more
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Catedral Basilica do Salvador

5) Catedral Basilica do 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...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Igreja da Misericórdia

6) Igreja da Misericórdia (must see)

Igreja da Misericórdia, built in the 17th century, is listed as a Heritage Building of the National Trust. It was the site of one of the most illustrious marriage ceremonies in the city. A major Salvador landmark, you will see colorful glazed tiles, called 'azulejos,' a rich interior and amazing religious...   view more
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Igreja Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia

7) Igreja Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia (must see)

Igreja Nossa Senhora da Conceição da Praia, built in 1623, is one of the oldest parishes of the Archdiocese of Sao Salvador da Bahia. Located near the Lacerda Elevator and the Model Market, this popular attraction faces the bay. Built of special stone brought from Portugal, the building itself is encased in the rock and the architecture is absolutely unique with splendid marble stairs, a fountain and a monumental Neoclassical...   view more
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Mosteiro de São Bento

8) Mosteiro de São Bento

Mosteiro de São Bento was established in 1582. This monastery includes a church called Saint Sébastien from 1624, as well as a sacred art museum with sculptures of saints, religious paintings and a large library containing nearly 300,000 books and...   view more

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.
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
Museums Tour in Salvador

Museums Tour in Salvador

Salvador has a very rich artistic, religious and cultural heritage that is represented in its diverse museums. Museu de Arte da Bahia, the city’s oldest museum, is a must-see, and its religious museums are famous for their priceless sacred pieces. The following tour offers a unique journey to Salvador’s most popular museums.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.0 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
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
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
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