Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Salvador

The most famous church in Salvador, Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim has a long standing history of granting miracles. As you approach the gate, you'll notice it's covered with colorful tissue strips called fitas. Children will try to sell you this colored paper that you can tie to the gate and around your wrist for good luck.

This plain 18th-century building on the small peninsula north of downtown has astonishing symbols inside. At the back of the church, you'll find valuable and significant objects that people have donated as thanks for miracles in the Room of Miracles. And for even odder iconography, look at the hanging body parts cast in plastic, wood, and metal hanging from the ceiling in the Room of Thanks. Plan to see Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salvador tour itinerary planner.
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  • Charming church with a light energy that makes you feel like spending hours and hours watching the coming and going of people
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  • Note 9 The only problem are the people who are approaching to buy everything. It becomes too boring to surround you
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  • Good vibe to get your blessings. Given the importance in Brazil you would expect a grand church. It is, however relatively small and simple, but never the less impressive for its significance for the faithful in Brazil. Great photo opportunities with the colourful Senhor do Bonfim ribbons tied to the church gate.
  • One os the most spiritual experiences on my travels. Getting blessed by the Baiana and leaving my prayers on the ribbons gate gave me more than I was bargaining for. I'm not a religious person but it was a very enlightening experience. Felt very light and relaxed afterwards. Definitely recommend
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