Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, Salvador

The most famous church in Salvador, Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim has a long standing history of granting miracles. As you approach the gate, you'll notice it's covered with colorful tissue strips called fitas. Children will try to sell you this colored paper that you can tie to the gate and around your wrist for good luck.

This plain 18th-century building on the small peninsula north of downtown has astonishing symbols inside. At the back of the church, you'll find valuable and significant objects that people have donated as thanks for miracles in the Room of Miracles. And for even odder iconography, look at the hanging body parts cast in plastic, wood, and metal hanging from the ceiling in the Room of Thanks. Plan to see Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim and other attractions that appeal to you using our Salvador tour itinerary planner.
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  • Wife and I spent most of an hour here just enjoying the architecture and the icons. Truly an inspiring place to visit  more »
  • We lucked out to be able to visit here on Carnival while there was a church Mass being performed. This is the most famous church in Salvador and was built back in 1754. In English, it is know as...  more »
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  • This is widely known cultural point of Salvador. Besides the syncretism of washing the stairs to Oxalá (an African god) and Bonfim, there are many miracles attributed to this place. The view on top of the hill is fantastic.
  • That is one of the most beautiful places I have been! So much peace, love and light!!
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