Escadas do Carmo


Leading away from the Pelourinho, the steep Ladeira do Carmo provides access to the Escadas do Carmo, a wide set of steps that were the setting of O Pagador de Promessas (1962). This was the first Brazilian film to win a Cannes film-festival award. They lead to the eternally 'closed for renovation' Igreja do Santíssimo Sacramento do Passo (1737).

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Nearby Salvador attractions

1. Igreja da Ordem Terceira do Carmo

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The original church, founded in 1636, burnt to the ground; the present neoclassical structure dates from 1828. The nave has a French organ and a baroque…

2. Igreja NS do Rosário dos Pretos

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The king of Portugal gave the Irmanidade dos Homens Pretos (Brotherhood of Black Men) the land for the periwinkle-blue Igreja NS do Rosário dos Pretos in…

3. Largo do Pelourinho

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Picture-perfect Largo do Pelourinho is a sloping, triangle-shaped square, once the site of the pelourinho (whipping post) – one of several nearby…

4. Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado

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Literary types shouldn't miss a quick visit to the Fundação Casa de Jorge Amado, offering an overview of the life of one of Brazil’s best-known writers. A…

5. Faculdade de Medicina Building

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A Portuguese prince, upon arrival in Salvador in 1808, founded a school of surgery here that was later named the Bahia School of Medicine.

6. Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia

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Below the Museu Afro-Brasileiro (one admission ticket gets you into both), the Museu de Arqueologia e Etnologia exhibits indigenous Brazilian pottery,…

7. Museu Afro-Brasileiro

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Holding one of Bahia’s most important collections, the Museu Afro-Brasileiro exhibits wood carvings, baskets, pottery and other artwork and crafts linking…

8. Plano Inclinado Gonçalves

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After sitting, unused, for almost three years, the 1874 funicular railway Plano Inclinado Gonçalves reopened in 2014. The restored line connects Comércio…