Constructed in the 17th century, with gold, marble, wood and ivory, mixing baroque and rococo styles.
In this church we can usually appreciate concerts, such as Bahia’s Symphonic Orchestra presentations.
For me, it is the most beautiful church of Salvador (and the city has MANY churches), an amazing place.
Though it's not as large as the Basilica, the Igreja de Sao Francisco is even more impressive. It was built by wealthy Salvadoran colonists (made rich by the sugar trade) in the early 18th century and they certainly didn't get skimpy when it came to the use of gold. They used the precious metal on just about every inch of this place! The church is built in a High Baroque fanciful style and inside your skin will literally glow with golden reflections from the altars.
The main sanctuary of Pelourinho's largest church is full of beautiful adornments displaying exceptional craftsmanship by the Jesuits who built it in 1672. Well, actually much of the work was likely done by trained slaves, but as is usually the case in these matters, credit doesn't go where it belongs. However, if you look carefully at some of the wood carvings inside, you'll see symbols of the Candomble religion that was practiced by many of the slaves then and is still practiced in various forms by many in Bahia to this day.
The gold covered altars throughout the sanctuary are rich and impressive, but the rest of the church which includes a few other wings with some artwork and furnishings was a little underwhelming.
This smaller baroque cathedral is located in the same square as the Catedral Basilica (Terreiro de Jesus). I didn't go inside, but it looked like an interesting building from the outside. You'll also find the Igreja de Ordem Terceiro de São Domingos de Gusmão in this square.
Most taxis will drop you off in Pelourinho here, so you can also expect many children and others waiting for the tourists who are trying to sell everything from information to blessings.
The entrance fee into the church is R$ 2 and the inside is purely breathtaking. All carvings that one can admire were done by African slaves. And seeing the history those who built this church were not allowed inside. Many various altars can be found in either side of the church and detailed beautiful paintings can be seen on the ceiling.
This is a magnificent church and was constructed in the seventeenth century, with gold, marble, wood and ivory, mixing baroque and rococo styles. The design is simply spectacular!
In this church the visitor can usually appreciate concerts, such as Bahia’s Symphonic Orchestra presentations.
Concerts at Catedral Basilica da Se - Salvador
Those concerts are absolutely wonderful! Sometimes it's organ and flute, sometimes it's choir and organ... it varies! But they happen every sunday by 10am and they are FREE and unforgettable! The cathedral is always crowded with all sorts and shapes of people, and the variety of the audience proves that art is a very effective way of getting to all hearts...
On Sunday, at 11am, there is a free organ concert at the Main Cathedral.
The organ is one of those huge ones found at the top of cathedrals, at the back.
I had never really been inside a cathedral when one of these was being played. So, it was really special to me, listening to the maestro solemnly play the various classical pieces from Handel, Wagner, etc…
As the organ was actually behind where we were sitting, one could only gaze upwards at the altar, the ceiling, at Jesus, the saints and angels carved all around us, everywhere except at the maestro… and let ourselves be lost in the emotive feelings the beautiful music stirred in us. At times, I kept my eyes closed and felt myself soaring upwards. It was truly very gorgeous music.
The main door of the Cathedral might be closed, but try and find the side door to enter.
Next to the cathedral one walks along a passage with pictures of all heads of the Salvador Catholic Church. At the end of the passage a massive ballroom can be found with more beautiful paintings, decorations and art works.