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Salvador de Bahia was the first capital of Brazil, between 1549 and 1763. It is a place where the cultures of Europe, Africa and Native America come together. Salvador de Bahia holds the dubious honor of being the site when the first slave market in the New World was established in 1558, when African slaves were imported to work in the sugar plantations. Today the old town has many fine buildings that are brightly colored and decorated with fine stucco work.

Salvador was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 9th session of the World Heritage Committee meeting at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, on 2-6 December, 1985.

Photos of Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
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Monte Serrate Fortress, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Monte Serrate Fortress, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
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Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil
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Salvador Cathedral, Bahia, Brazil
Salvador Cathedral, Bahia, Brazil
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Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, Salvador, Brazil
Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, Salvador, Brazil
Author: fernando_dallacqua (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: S 12 58 W 38 30
Inscription Year: 1985
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: IV, VI

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Visiting Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

Salvador de Bahia is one of the major cities in Brazil. The Deputado Luis Eduardo Magalhães International Airport in Salvador has direct connections with many cities in the Americas as well as Europe.

You can pre-book your accommodation at Salvador de Bahia at any of the hotels with online booking facilities. Check out the list of such hotels in Salvador.

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Local Tours of Brazil

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