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Salvador Sights and Landmarks Guide, Brazil


If there was only one place that you could visit in Brazil, it should be Salvador.  It is not one of the big names such as São Paulo, Brasilia or Rio de Janeiro, but it is considered to be one of the places where Brazilian culture emerged.  One of the sections of the town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Not many towns have that luxury and honor.  So, what will you see in Salvador?

There are many plazas, market places, museums and monuments to see all throughout this city that document everything about Brazilian culture.  For example the Museu Afro Brasileiro is a Museum that actually views the history of the slave trade and shows how the slave trade produced the development of Salvador and surrounding areas in Brazil.   You can also visit the Museu de Arte Moderna.

If you want to go shopping, Brazil is known for its shopping destinations.  A great place to pick up souvenirs and local arts and crafts is the Mercado Modelo which will also have performances every once in a while throughout the day.  If you are itching to go on a shopping spree, you may want to go to one of the following shopping centers: Shopping Barra, shopping Piedade, Shopping Itaigara, Shopping Center Iguatemi, Shopping Center Lapa, Salvador Shopping or Bahia Outlet Center.

Salvador is quite beautiful as it overlooks the water and it is breathtaking to watch the sunrise and sunset.  One of the best places to see the sunset is at the Solar do Unhão.  You can also go to a state park if you like the great outdoors. 

One good place to go to in Salvador is the Abaité State Park that has a famous lake due to its bright white sand and naturally dark and mystifying water.  Brazil is also quite famous for its religious people so you should check out a few churches.  One church you can visit is the Igreja do Nosso Senhor do Bonfim.  It is a colorful church that is worth the experience.  If you go to the cathedral you can also see the Praca da Sé plaza and the the Terreiro de Jesus plaza.  The Largo do Pelourinho is another plaza which is dates back to the colonial era of the Portuguese in Brazil.

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