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Historical Salvador City Tour
"The streets of Central Salvador take tourists back to the beginnings of Brazil. Your tour begins at the Barra Lighthouse passes the Teatro Castro Alves home to the Bahian Symphony Orchestra and on to the Balé (ballet) de Castro Alves. The Forte de São Pedro and Praça Castro Alves are on route to the Historical Center of Pelourinho which offers something to see along every street. Don't miss out on the historical churches cafes restaurants shops and pastel-hued buildings. With more than a thousand houses
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Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho
"Enjoy a tour with a local no groups and great cost benefit all to ensure you have a great experience and full attention! A flexible and friendly staff will help you with better choices accordingly to your interests and without pressuring you to buy anything and letting you choose where you want to eat! This is a although our suggestion is to leave at 8am to avoid agglomeration or at 1 pm if you want to do the tour during the afternoon.We will visit all the important places in the center: Lacerda Elevator Rio Branco Palace the Cathedral Church of St. Francis of Assis
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Private City Tour of Salvador da Bahia
"You will visit all the main attractions of Salvador including the old town's historical center the Pelorinho and the peninsula of Itapagipe with its amazing church Igreja do Bomfirm lighthouse and Fort Monte Serrat. You will stop here for a refreshing coconut water. Then you will drive over to the heart of the city
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Bahian dress Tips (3)

Traditional Bahian dress

All over the older part of Salvador, and especially in Pelorinho, you will see women dressed in the traditional style. Some of these work in the tourist-aimed shops, e.g. crafts, and wear the dress to attract customers, while others pose on street corners and hope to earn money by being photographed. Unlike in Havana, where a similar custom prevails, the women are quite aggressive in their “sales technique”, so I found myself trying to bypass it and take a few shots for free!

The dress, like so much else in Salvador, has its origins in Africa and in slavery – costumes similar to this would have been worn by slave women. It consists of a colourful turban-style headdress, a full dress with starched skirts, a shawl and plenty of jewellery.

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toonsarah
Jan 26, 2008

BAHIAN TRADITIONAL DRESS

Bahia is the state with the largest population descended from slaves, hence the African culture is more prominent here.

The typical Bahian dress is white, lacy top with huge, bouncy skirt. They look like they are wearing layers and layers of doilies. Sometimes, instead of white, various bright colours of used.

Many Afro-Brazilian women dressed in these white Bahian dresses can be seen selling snacks on the streets.

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swesn
Sep 09, 2004

Baianas

Baianas are the women you'll see dressed in the traditional white hoop skirt, lace blouse and African turban. They represent the cultural impact that bringing slaves from Africa has left on Bahia and Brazil on the whole.

Many of the traditions that the slaves brought with them still persist to this day. The religion of Candomble was brought from West Africa and then blended with Catholicism as slaves got creative while their masters attempted to forced them into practicing Catholicism.

Capoeira, the dancing, kicking, spinning and wildly athletic martial art practiced all over Brazil, but more prevalently in Salvador, is thought to have been brought by slaves from Angola.

And of course, the music in Salvador and all over Brazil is largely influenced by the drum beats and rhythms of African music.

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Nov 08, 2003
 
 
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Pelourinho

The historical centre itself, which revolves around the Pelourinho quarter with its triangular place, is characterized by its fidelity to the 16th-century plan, the density of its monuments, and the...
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Catedral Basilica

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,...
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Lacerda Elevator

In 20 seconds, Elevador Lacerda (Lacerda Elevator) takes you from Praca Tome de Souza in Cidade Alta (the Upper City) to the Praca Cairu in Cidade Baixa (the Lower City). You travel more than 70...
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Mercado Modelo

Mercado Modelo is a Salvador's largest market and one of Salvador's landmarks. An old covered market with the best selection of the artesanato in the city, is set on its own by the old harbour, across...
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Lagoa do Abaeté

The city of Salvador has a lagoon where laundrywomen used to launder in the past. Nowadays there are some public buddles close to the lagoon, where laundrywomen still do hand wash. You can see them...
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Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

Jorge Amado is a well known writer born near Salvador, Bahia. In this museum (it was closed when I was in Salvador and did not visit it) you can know more about his books and life. It is located in...
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