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Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People

Ranked #13 of 178 Attractions in Salvador
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Religious Sites
Description: This famous church dominates Pelourinho Square with its unmistakable blue façade.
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New York City, New York
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126 reviews 126 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

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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England
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38 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
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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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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97 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
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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8 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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Midwest
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

This was entirley new to me - a church bult by slaves in their spare (!) time because they were not allowed to worship in regular churches. There were also features resonant of Candomble, in the saints portrayed, which were pointed out to me by a member of our party and which gave this church a deeper significance.

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Coimbra, Portugal
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153 reviews 153 reviews
36 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The paintings in the ceiling are amazing and in the outside there are thousands of "Senhor do Bonfim" bracelets, hanging in the bars - worths the visit and a good picture.

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Hamilton, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Worth the time when you're in the pelourinho district. Historically interesting, with some notable architectural features.

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