Top Historical Places in Salvador

Are you looking to explore the history of Salvador through the ages? There are a number of historical destinations in Salvador including the time-honored buildings, monuments, palaces, and parks where you can learn about the glorious past of Salvador. The presence of these historical sites and museums will take you on a walk through Salvador ‘s rich history.
If you are willing to have an in-depth historical information about Salvador, we recommend that you take a wonderful guided tour to cover the major historical attractions. Also, check the opening and closing time for each so that you can organize your time. Make sure that you go through the complete list of historical places in Salvador for a great trip!

Let's witness the history of Salvador with these top historical places - monuments and landmarks:

  1. Sao Francisco Church And Convent

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    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 whose art is often compared to that of Sistine Cha...Read more
  2. Museu Nautico Da Bahia

    4.6 (291 Votes)
    Museu Nautico Da Bahia

    Museum, Light House, Waterfront, Architecture

    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 fort has passed hands depending on who’s on...Read more
  3. Catedral Basilica

    4.8 (308 Votes)
    Catedral Basilica

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Cathedral

    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 gold around it and the largest wood sculpture ...Read more
  4. Pelourinho

    Landmark, Walking Area, Historical Site, Heritage Building

    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-local activities like music and dance schools, capo...Read more
  5. Elevador Lacerda

    4.4 (324 Votes)
    Elevador Lacerda

    Landmark, Historical Site, Monument

    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 of the Câmara Municipal, the erstwhile cit...Read more
  6. Church Of Our Lady Of The Rosary Of The Blacks

    Church, Religious Site, Historical Site, Statue

    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 on the altars and the overall architecture afte...Read more
  7. Museu De Arte Sacra

    Art Museum, Museum, Historical Site, Specialty Museum

    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 of 17th-18th century art, along with the remai...Read more
  8. Fundacao Casa De Jorge Amado

    Historical Site, Memorial, Specialty Museum

    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 exhibit his works whilst the upper levels are ded...Read more