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Address: Pelourinho Square, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
Description: This famous church dominates Pelourinho Square with its unmistakable blue...
This famous church dominates Pelourinho Square with its unmistakable blue façade.
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Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People Church

The Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People church is a lovely & simple building set in the heart of the Pelourinho Square. A historic and important building, it is well worth a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 6, 2014
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People church is a lovely & simple building set in the heart of the Pelourinho Square. A historic and important building, it is well worth a visit while you are in Salvador. Highly recommended!

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The simpleness of the church and the messages on the boards outside which were very deep and meaningful to peoples of colour. Too often their situation and feelings are ignored by others.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Great historical interest in the historical center of Salvador. It shows the contrast between the Portuguese "slave holder" churches and the simple beauty of the oppressed people.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

The exterior of the building is very special with all the Bahian ribbons attached to the fence. The church itself includes a number of statues of saints and holds a lot of history but a lot of it falls flat if you do not attend a service because the exceptional nature of the place (namely, its african heritage) gets a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This church is probably the most austere of the churches in Salvador but is the one that I enjoyed visiting most. The history attached to it is evident and the information boards, which are also in English, help to put the history into the context of the present day. Well worth seeing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Outside are hanging too many colorful Bahian ribbons and inside one can see several statues of black saints... Nice interior and worth to visit the church because of its history.

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Niteroi, RJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

This church, built in 1704, is an example of the brotherhoods created by slaves, including the ex-slaves, with their work, money and devotion. The construction took place with the work of those slaves in their few hours of rest. In the back of the church there is also a graveyard that deserves a visit. During the masses, on Sundays, they... More 

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Toulouse, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

If you like the sung masses of Harlem or New Orleans, go for it! Masses are celebrated on Sunday mornings and Tuesday nights and it is a really unusual experience (unless you are a regular of black churches in the US!)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

Most exuberant, energetic Catholic celebration of Mass that you will ever experience. The congregation is local but tourists are welcomed. If you are in the Pelourinho and hear drums and song, it is not necessarily a samba band. Check out the church on the right at the bottom of the Pelo.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

The men and women who saved their money for a century to build this building have left their spirits and wisdom in these walls. Visiting this church for a mass feels like being thrown back into the 16th century. When enslaved Africans would celebrate the simple things like faith and the possibility of freedom. If you are able to visit... More 

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