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“Not quite like when it was built” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Basilica Cathedral

Basilica Cathedral
Praca XV, s/n - Terreiro de Jesus | Centro, Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil (City Center)
(71) 3321-4573
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Ranked #13 of 139 Attractions in Salvador
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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San Francisco, California
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“Not quite like when it was built”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Our guidebook said that thanks to the 1997 renovation, the church looks just like it did when the Jesuits built it back in the 1600s...not quite true, especially because the main alter was under more renovation and was covered by a sheet with just a picture of the 18 gilded columns on display. It's R$3 to enter.

Visited February 2014
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San Francisco
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“Small and easy to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

Not a huge cathedral but astonishing for the gold shapes. There are often concerts or music playing and masses even in the middle of the afternoon on a week day. It feels very personal and not overwhelming like St Francis. It closes early I believe so best to go in the middle of the day.admire the ceiling....I have never seen guided vaults like the one in this cathedral.

Visited February 2014
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Marbella, Spain
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“nice church”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

Nice church with lots of gold. Amazing details on statues. Very cheap to get a tour is open everyday. Worth to look around.

Visited February 2013
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Hamilton, Canada
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“Quite remarkable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

A very extravagent interior makes the church worth seeing. You can also explore a little museum area. Entry is cheap.

Visited January 2014
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paris
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“What a beauty”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

I loved this place. The amount of gold used in the decoration is astonishing. The history behind it is amazing. Well Worth a visit. It's a shame the altar was being refurbished - we could see some of the oïl paintings on wood being stored in the back room. I was a little shocked that there was no further supervision with regards to the visitors - any fool could damage that place. Well worth a visit.

Visited August 2013
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