The town was founded by the Portuguese, in 1549, to be the
first capital of Brazil. The region is a natural port and the town flourished as
the most important political and
economic center of the country. At that time, it was also a
favorite haunt for pirates and merchant privateers.
It started as a settlement before 1510, one of the oldest in
America, with Europeans.
Casa do Comércio building. The historic city of Salvador has a great
number of modern buildings that share spaces with colonial houses.
The Cathedral of Salvador built by the Jesuits in the late 16th century and
early 17th century. Salvador was the provincial seat of the Jesuits in
Cruises in Salvador Bahia and the historic Fort of the Sea. Its beaches, its
music and its historical heritage makes this city one of the main Brazilian
More Pictures of Salvador
The Pelourinho by
Walt Disney, in the Historic Center. Disney sent Donald to Bahia in 1944, in the
movie The Three Caballeros.
On the left, the historic Victoria Avenue, constructed in the
16th century over an old Indian route. Many British immigrants lived here in the
Capoeiristas show the Bahian martial art in the streets of Salvador, a
common scene in the city. Capoeira was created in Bahia,
about the 18th century.
Monastery of St. Benedict in Salvador, founded in the 16th
The main altar of the São Francisco Church, founded in the
16th century, in the Historic Center of Salvador.
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