Museums in Salvador

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Museums in Salvador

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  • MelBr75
    Curitiba, PR1,754 contributions
    This used to be the house of Jorge Amado and Zelia Gatai, both great and world known writers. It’s very well preserved and it’s collection is beautifully displayed. It’s a must see!
    Written January 8, 2020
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  • jorge c
    Buenos Aires, Argentina12,500 contributions
    Inmersing yourself in the huge array of culture, art and social tragedy that this place represents, it's surely one of the greatests spots to any Salvador visit.
    Our guide was kind and attentive and did almost a one and half hour visit, just for both of us, explaining in a very detailed manner all aspects of the particular collection of objetcs that you can find inside.
    Written February 24, 2020
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  • Edward D.
    Lucena, PB2,922 contributions
    Forte de Santo Antonio da Barra is a fort located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It was constructed to guard the entrance to the Bay of All Saints (Bahia de todos os Santos), during the time of the Portuguese Empire. The first Portuguese fortification erected in Bahia was likely built in 1501, on the same area now occupied by the Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra. The foundation stone of that first fortification was placed in an area called Ponta do Padrão, now known as the Largo do Farol da Barra, the broad public square in front of the fort. The fort also houses the 22 meter (72 ft)-high Barra Lighthouse and the Nautical Museum of Bahia. The Santo Antônio da Barra Fort is protected as a historic structure by the National Institute of Historic and Artistic Heritage.
    Written June 1, 2021
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,208 contributions
    This facility is very nice and does deserve your attention. The copies of Rodin sculptures out side, in the garden, are very well displayed and mixed with local artists. They feature a nice coffee shop — just don’t order cappuccino made of powder— , s small souvenirs shop and lots of people playing music. Their permanent
    collection is simple but well designed. The old building, former state secretary of education is a beautiful mansion build by traditional, prosperous family.
    Safe place to be and to visit. No parking.
    Written September 3, 2019
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,208 contributions
    Sister Dulce, today Saint Dulce of the Poor, canonized by Pope Francis, is a real case of miracles delivered by a fragile small woman who spent the life helping and curing dispossessed people. From scratch, she built a tremendous health center and hospital. If you come to Salvador, pay her a visit. Really emotional.
    Written February 26, 2020
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  • LuizDutraNeto
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,613 contributions
    Visiting Salvador's "Museu de Arte Moderna" is absolutely a must! Located at historical "Solar do Unhão", the museum follows a modern concept of museology, including permanent and temporary exhibitions, film sessions, art classes, a sculptures park and jazz sessions on special days. A café and awesome sunsets over "Baía de Todos os Santos" complete the scene. "Solar do Unhão" dates from the 17th century and has been restored over the years. Acclaimed Italian architect Lina Bo Bardi undertook the task to restore, back in 1959, the old manor house. A monumental staircase located right inside of the main exhibition hall was designed by her. Its wood fittings follow the same techniques used on the manufacturing of ancient ox carts. Amazing! Try to visit - if it is opened - the lovely chapel at the museum's entrace: "Capela de Nossa Senhora da Conceição". Before going, call and check opening hours. Use taxis at all times and do your best to be there for sunset. You won't regret! Enjoy!
    Written August 14, 2019
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,208 contributions
    This monastery is a masterpiece of colonial architecture; truly outstanding and peaceful inspirational. But it has had an incredible role in defending Brazilians; firstly, a strong role in the Portuguese war against the Dutch invaded in 1624; then protecting people persecuted by dictatorships in the 1930s and 1960s. It deserves a look!
    Written February 25, 2020
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,208 contributions
    This is a collection of books, articles, and research video material on Jorge Amado, as a writer. The feature translation of his book in more than a hundred languages, a rich collection of correspondence, and a tremendous amount of written appraisals of his work. Amado is by far the most famous Brazilian writer and there are 100s theses and dissertations on his work. You can find the biographies written about his life. But again, it’s great to research!
    Written February 26, 2020
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  • Eliane M
    Niteroi, RJ333 contributions
    The objects, the tableware, the furnitures, everything indicates how the sugar cane aristocracy lived at that time. Wonderful heap.
    I disliked the opening hour: 2:30 PM.
    Written September 5, 2014
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  • Carolyn A
    9 contributions
    This house is a living museum. One can imagine the life of the family that lived here. Worth the visit!
    Written July 19, 2018
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  • Renata C
    Crete, Greece53 contributions
    I just visited the Casa do Carnaval da Bahia and was quite impressed by it. It is a small but well curated museum, great for people that want to learn a bit more about the origins of the biggest Brazilian party.
    Besides, the books, images and videos explaining about all parts that compose the Brazilian carnival, you have a fabulous view when going to the second floor and to end your visit in Brazilian style you can learn some of the most famous carnival choreographies. Really enjoyed and recommend to everyone that visits the Pelourinho area.
    Written January 11, 2021
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  • africanmatrix
    africanmatrix503 contributions
    beautiful location
    excellent views of All Saint Bays

    take a taxi there
    neighorhood is sketchy

    I am not a fan of the religious art but the location is worth the visit
    Written June 30, 2015
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  • Veleiro
    Dunkirk, France111 contributions
    Most of the information is in Portuguese, with some very basic texts in English. But stone lovers won't have a problem with all of this. There's a beautiful story about the transportation in 1888, ordered by the Emperor of the Bedongó Meteorite to Rio de Janeiro. In those days it was the second largest of the world with a weight of more than 5000 kg. 28 bulls were needed and it took them over 100 days to reach the closest railway station. They made 'only' 900 m a day. Afterwards the Serrão area was struck by a serious drought. For the local population, the removal of the stone was without any doubt the cause of this and they destroyed the little monument that indicated the former location of the stone.

    But the main surprise are the two large and marbled bathrooms, now integrated in the arrangement of the pieces. The walls are nearly entirely covered with black and white marble for the male, and soft pink/yellow aligned with black coloured marble for the female version.
    Written December 8, 2012
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  • Nelson C
    Salvador, BA1,208 contributions
    This 1624 fortress has a twin sister in Sardina island, Italy. Same shape, same defense concept, dancing in the water with great sunset views and short boat trips. A very romantic thing to do: I missed the restaurant they used to have in the fort for a moonlight dinner!
    Boat trips need to be pre-arranged, but it's worthwhile!
    Written March 29, 2015
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