Salvador is full of historically important monuments and is perhaps the best place to witness history unfold. The wonderful monuments and the rich history attached with the destination make Salvador one of Top Historical Destinations in the world. Salvador is a very historically important place and thus sees a lot of tourists every year. Whenever you are planning to visit a historical monument in Salvador or a place of historical significance, it is always good to know a little information about the place, its opening and closing times, the ideal duration of visit and the need of tour guide to visit the historical monuments of Salvador. Explore the historical monuments of Salvador with a guided tour or opt for in-depth information of its historical account, this Salvador guide is your go-to option for free. Move to things to do in Salvador page for the complete list of attractions and activities.
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Top Historical Salvador landmarks
Traverse through the finest landmarks and famous historical buildings of Salvador.
#1 of 8 Historical Places in Salvador | Added 2256 times in trip plans
Largo do Cruzeiro de Sao Francisco s/n, 40020–280
07:00 am - 06:00 pm
During the colonial times, there was a power struggle between three colonial powers in South America to emerge as the ultimate super power. The Igreja de Sao Francisco is a testament to that extravagance. One of the most magnificent churches of Brazil, the Igrega is lathered with gold and has an 80 kg silver chandelier dangling over the ceiling who...
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Located in the heart of Cidade Alto, the Pelourinho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that has undergone some considerable preservation work. Rich in history, some of the buildings of the colonial era still stand, along with an array of magnificent churches. Though it might look like a complete touristy place, the Pelourinho is the hub of many-a-loca...
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Centro, Salvador, State of Bahia 40015-170, Brazil
05:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dubbed as the world’s first urban elevator, the Elevador Lacerda covers around 72m in just half a minute. Installed in the 17th century to manually transport goods from the port to the settlement using ropes and pulleys, it was ‘electrified’ in the 20th century. When you’re riding the elevator, be sure to notice the arches o...
#4 of 8 Historical Places in Salvador | Added 1933 times in trip plans
Largo do Farol da Barra, s/n - Barra, Salvador - Bahia, 40140-650, Brazil
08:30 am - 07:00 pm
The Baia de Todos os Santos or the Bay of All Saints as it is otherwise known, is the biggest bay in Bahia and is quite the tourist spot. Complete with a light house, a fort and a nautical museum, the fort is an important landmark as it was the first fort built to protect the city of Salvador. Whether it was the Portuguese, Dutch or Spanish, the fo...
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Praça 15 de Novembro s/n, Terreiro de Jesus, Salvador, 40020–210
08:00 am - 05:30 pm
Considered to be the masterpiece of the 17th century, the cathedral is said to exude the essence of Jesuit architecture. While the exterior is built from Portuguese sandstone, the tiles came from Macau and the altars show the different architectural phases in Bahia, made in cedar and thin layers of gold. The main altar is said to have 18 pillars of...
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Largo do Pelourinho s/n, Pelourinho, Salvador, 40026–280
08:00 am - 05:00 pm
The Igreja De Nossa Senhora Do Rosario Dos Pretos, a part of the historical district of Pelourinho is a declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Said to be built for the slaves, by the slaves, the church is held in high esteem when the topic of slavery and the subsequent freedom comes up. The church is now being acknowledged worldwide for it handiwork ...
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Centro, Salvador, State of Bahia 40060-240, Brazil
11:30 am - 05:30 pm
The Museu de Arte Sacra or the Museum of Sacred Arts is Brazil’s premiere museum when it comes to Catholic art. The exhibit starts from the building itself, which used to be a former convent. On a mission to preserve religious art, the people at Museu de Arte Sacra have done a fabulous job. The monks’ quarters now hold a vast collection...
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Largo do Pelourinho, 51 - Pelourinho, Salvador - BA, 40026-280, Brazil
10:00 am - 06:00 pm
The casa (home) of Jorge Amado is sure to spark a thrill among the littérateurs. One of Brazil’s most renowned writers, Jorge Amado had his books translated into many languages, which just goes to establish his popularity. His former house has been turned to a memoir which gives an overview of his life. The lower levels of the house ex...