Churches, Salvador da Bahia
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosario dos Pretos - Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black
Very beautiful church, maybe the most ecumenical of them all, competing only with Bomfim and Sao Lazaro. Check the statues, the masses (the only ones I have the patience to attend! A lot of drums and happiness, not a glimpse of the atmosphere of guilt!)
Igreja da (Nossa Senhora da) Conceicao da Praia - Church of Our Lady of the Conception of the Beach
Dazzling beautiful and where all the famous people get married - either here or at Vitoria church or Bomfim. The building was pre-made in Portugal and shipped in pieces to Brazil. The picture in the roof creates an illusion. (1739-1773). Irma Dulce, candidate of becoming the second brazilian saint in History, is burried in this church.
This church is a "focal point of religious festivals that attract thousands from all over Brasil" (Rough Guides). If there is a point that has great meaning to catholics in Brazil, this is most definately one of them. This church although very beautiful and ornate isn't even the most beautiful one in the city.
'He who goes to Bomfim, my darling / Never wants to go back home / he was very lucky / he is very lucky / he will be very lucky / Have you ever been to Bahia, darling? No? / So you must!' This little extract of Caymmi´s song shows how important the Bomfim is to Salvador. The biggest devotion of every one in town - atheist, candombleis, catholic, no matter what you are, in the second thursday of january everyone walks to Bomfim to wash the stairs and ask for luck and protection, pay promisses and be blessed.
We went for a long walk in the historical district and passed a few of Salvador's many churches. But only a few of them… It is said that Salvador has 365 churches - one for each day of the year…
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos, located at the Largo do Pelourinho, was one of the most interesting. The church was built during the 18th century by slaves and for their own use as they weren’t allowed into other churches. Work on the church was always done at night because the slaves still have to take care of their normal daytime duties.
Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo is located at the top of the hill on Ladeira do Carmo and was founded in 1636. The church is part of a religious complex which also consists of two cloister convents.
Igreja do Santíssimo Sacramento do Passo, located at Largo do Passo, was built in rococo style in 1737. It is a rather impressive sight when you are standing at the bottom of the stairs and looking up at the church. The first Brazilian film to win an award at the Cannes film festival - O Pagador de Promessa (The Promise) - was filmed here…
Sao Francisco's Church has a beautiful atrium; its walls are coverd by painted tiles, brought from Portugal.
La Iglesia de San Francisco tiene un hermoso atrio; sus paredes están recubiertas de azulejos decorados, traídos de Portugal.
A little away from the center of Salvador is a church called Nosso Senhor do Bomfim.
That is a church build by portuguese sailors who survived a tropic storm on the way from Portugal to brazil and they build the church as a thank you for surviving the storm when they got ashore.
Actually, the captain dedicated the rest of his life to building the church.
He never saw the church finished but he created a fellowship who finished the church after his death.
The captain of the ship is buried in front of the main alter in the church.
The place is believded to have healing powers and many people come there if they have problems in life they want to be resolved.
There is a side room in the church with presents that has been given by people who came there for help and it's quite an interesting collection of many many different objects.
The church has an irongate outside the church that has thousands of good luck ribbons tied to it and it's a very colorful sight.
This is a church that is extremely popular with brazilians from all over the country and they come there from various christian faiths aswell as people who normally practise the african religions which are common in Salvador.
The city is famed for the beauty of its many Baroque colonial churches, especially the church of the convent of the Third Order of St. Francis (1701).