Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People, Salvador

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Architectural Building · Hidden Gem · Church
Built in a town that hosted the first slave port in Brazilin, Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People is a reminder of the determination of people who refused to give up on faith. The slaves who worshipped there constructed the church in the 18th century because they weren't allowed in the settlers' churches. The wooden ceiling is painted with ornate allegory, but the rest of the structure is simple and functional in its design. Outside the front of the church you will find a plaque giving background on the building in English. The graveyard behind the church is home to the remains of Anastasia, a local heroine who has become legend in Brazil's history. To visit Church of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Black People and other attractions in Salvador, use our Salvador online route planner.
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  • This pretty blue church was built by black slaves and freemen over a period of more than 100 years. Like almost everything else on Feb. 26th, it was closed as people recovered from Carnaval.  more »
  • The church just seems to dominate the entire square. The outside was maybe a bit more enjoyable than the inside.  more »
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  • In the heart of the old city is this beautiful blue church. In the middle of the chaos, you can seek a quiet place to relax out of the sun and enjoy the ‘over the top’ catholic attempts to convince others of a god and also to get a better spot in heaven - it’s opulent! There is a small museum dedicated to slavery at the back of the church with a couple of interesting stories - especially about an African slave who was considered a hero for defying the Português
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