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The famous Pelourinho, nicknamed Pelô, in Salvador, is an essential part of the city’s history. The word “pelourinho” [pillory] was used to designate a dedicated area where slaves were punished. Listed as a UNESCO Historical Heritage Site, the district boats a bountiful architectural complex dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.
The streets of Pelô are an authentic cultural melting pot, setting the stage for Bahia’s women and their acarajés, musical groups such as Olodum and Filhos de Gandhy, and demonstrations of Capoeira. Visitors can also enjoy restaurants serving authentic Bahia food, cultural centers, and craft shops.
The Miguel Santana Theater sets the stage for the Bahia Folkloric Ballet spectacle. The Casa de Jorge Amado Foundation, Ordem Terceira do Carmo Church and the Salvador Basilica Cathedral are also must-see sites.
Every Tuesday, the Nossa Senhora do Rosário dos Pretos hosts the Blessing Tuesdays, with masses that show visitors a little more of the remarkable religious syncretism in Bahia.
Bahia Tourist Hotline: +55 (71) 3103-3103
Watch your belongings at all times.
Pelourinho Tourist Information Station
You can take the subway line 1 and get off at the Lapa station. Check out the subway map.