Pelourinho – Salvador’s Historic Center

I’ve finally made it to the northeastern part of Brazil, to one of the oldest cities on the continent and Portugal’s colonial capital, Salvador.  Today I took a stroll through the historic center, Pelourinho, which is depressingly a name derived for the a post in the center plaza where they used to beat slaves.  Brazil received the most slaves of all new world colonies and in Bahía is the heart of the cultural inheritance.

All that aside, Pelourinho is a really great place to walk around if you want to see lots of colorful colonial buildings, Portuguese architecture, see capoeira being played in the streets, and chow down on culinary concoctions from the Baiana kitchen.  It’s a lively and colorful place… I have to admit, I mostly took photos of the architecture.

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That’s it for now…

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