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Our Lady of the Rosary of Black People

Pelourinho Square, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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Ranked #14 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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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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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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59 reviews 59 reviews
8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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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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24 reviews 24 reviews
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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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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Sao Paulo, SP
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

You have to visit this church during mass because the presence of the people and the music is what makes this place worth a visit. African culture mixed with catholic costumes.

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los angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Beautiful church. But, be sure to go during an evening mass (on Tuesdays i think?). The music and the singing is stunning!

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