10 Historic Sites in Salvador That You Shouldn't Miss

October 27, 2021 Kelli Reichel

Brazil's former capital is renowned for its African-influenced cuisine, music and architecture. Known as "the Capital of Joy," because of its exuberant week-long Carnaval celebrations, Salvador brims with contemporary music and art amid architecture that has gone untouched since the 17th century.
Restaurants in Salvador

1. Farol da Barra

Largo do Farol da Barra s/n Santo Antonio da Barra Fort- farol da Barra beach, Salvador, State of Bahia 40140-650 Brazil +55 71 3264-3296 http://www.museunauticodabahia.org.br
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Farol da Barra

2. Igreja e Mosteiro de Nossa Senhora do Monte Serrat

Rua Monte Serrat 56 Ponta de Humaitá, Salvador, State of Bahia 40425-550 Brazil +55 71 33121155 http://www.bahia-turismo.com
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Igreja e Mosteiro de Nossa Senhora do Monte Serrat

3. Forte de Santo Antonio Alem do Carmo

Praca Barao do Triunfo Santo Antonio Alem do Carmo, Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-330 Brazil (71) 3117-1488 http://www.ipatrimonio.org/salvador-forte-de-santo-antonio-alem-do-carmo/#!/map=38329&loc=-12.96259199999999,-38.503294000000004,17
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Forte de Santo Antonio Alem do Carmo

4. Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia

Largo do Farol da Barra s/n Barra, Salvador, State of Bahia 40140-650 Brazil (71) 3264-3296 [email protected] http://www.museunauticodabahia.org.br/
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Santo Antonio da Barra Fort and Nautic Museum of Bahia

Housed in Fort Santo Antonio da Barra, a fine exemple of 16thcentury portuguese military architecture, that is the site of Santo Antônio Lighthouse, better known as the "Farol da Barra", the first beacon for shipping in the Americas, the Museu Náutico da Bahia (Maritime Museum of Bahia) contains a rich collection that reflects Brazil's seafaring history, particularly of colonial period. Housed in the Museum you will find a significant numbers of archeological treasures retrieved from the undersea site of the Portuguese Galleon "Santíssimo Sacramento", sank off the coast of the city of Salvador in 1668. Open Tue-Sun 9.00am-6pm (all days in January and July).

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Right on the ground floor of the iconic "Forte de Santo Antônio" and its "Farol da Barra" lighthouse, you will find a small and nice museum - the "Museu Náutico da Bahia". Administered by the Brazilian Navy, it displays a valuable collection of maritime items, including archaeological findings, nautic instruments and several miniatures. The fort and its lighthouse are really beautiful and were officially appointed, in 1938, as Brazilian National Heritage Monuments. You will certainly love your visit to these iconic postcards of Salvador! Enjoy!

5. Garcia d'Avila Castle

Praia do Forte, Salvador, State of Bahia Brazil 71-3676-1133 http://praiadoforte.org.br/atracoes/castelo-garcia-d-avila
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Garcia d'Avila Castle

6. Forte de Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat

Rua Santa Rita Durao Ponta de Humaitá, Salvador, State of Bahia 40425-000 Brazil +55 71 33137339
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Forte de Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat

Tue-Sun 9am-5pm

Reviewed By LuizDutraNeto - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Visiting Salvador, one cannot miss "Ponta de Humaitá" (also known as Ponta de Monte Serrat) and its monuments. "Forte de Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat" is one of them. Its construction dates as far back as 1583, when it was known as "Forte de São Filipe". Built, rebuilt, restored and renamed, it became "Forte de Nossa Senhora de Monte Serrat", a beautiful example of military architecture and was officially appointed, in 1957, as a Brazilian National Heritage Monument. It houses a small museum ("Museu da Armaria"), administered by the Brazilian Army, displaying a fine collection of old weapons. Try to come on late afternoon and enjoy a magic sunset at "Ponta de Humaitá"! Enjoy!

7. Forte de Sao Diogo

Rua do Forte de Sao Diogo S/N Porto da Barra, Salvador, State of Bahia 40130-170 Brazil
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Forte de Sao Diogo

8. Sao Marcelo Fort

Embarque No Centro Nautico Da Bahia, Ao Lado Do Mercado Modelo Comércio, Salvador, State of Bahia 40301-110 Brazil
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Sao Marcelo Fort

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9. Palacio Rio Branco

Praca Tome de Sousa Centro Histórico, Salvador, State of Bahia 40020-010 Brazil +55 71 31033400 http://bahia.com.br/outros_servicos/memorial-dos-governadores-palacio-rio-branco
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Palacio Rio Branco

Mon 2pm-6pm, Tue-Fri 9am-6pm

10. Largo do Campo Grande ( Praca 2 de Julho )

Centro Campo Grande, Salvador, State of Bahia 40080-120 Brazil http://www.salvador.ba.gov.br
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Largo do Campo Grande ( Praca 2 de Julho )

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