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  • Address: Pelourinho, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil
  • Hours: Open daily

Pelourinho is Salvador’s original colonial center and was Brazil's first slave market. Its name is derived from the post or pillory that African slaves were tethered to and whipped by their Portuguese overlords.

Despite containing the largest concentration of Baroque architecture in the Americas, Pelourinho was a seedy no-go zone until the mid-1980s largely due to drugs and prostitution.

Since being declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, Pelourinho has been restored to some of its former glory along with plenty of restaurants, bars and open-air cafes from which to sit and drink in the colorful and architecturally rich surrounds.

Practical Info

It’s possible to walk around Pelourinho’s main sights within a couple of hours but to truly appreciate the history and interiors of some of the most impressive buildings (and visit at least one museum!), you’ll need to allow a day or two.

To get here, catch any bus marked Praça da Sé (Pelourinho).

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Anthropological City Tour of Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, null
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Anthropological City Tour of Salvador

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Take an anthropological tour of Salvador da Bahia to learn a bit about the cultural history of Brazil. You'll visit sites of African history and check out a ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $112.50
City Tour of Salvador, Salvador da Bahia, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

City Tour of Salvador

Explore all of legendary Salvador of Bahia on this 4-hour city tour. The tour is private and comprised of a small group, meaning guests will get to see the ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50
Salvador da Bahia African Heritage city Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum, Salvador da Bahia, ... 
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Salvador da Bahia African Heritage city Tour Including Afro-Brazilian Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Enjoy the iconic district of Pelourinho , listed By UNESCO like a human being heritage site. Walk through the history and be stunned by the African Bahian ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $93.33
Pelourinho Tour by Night, Salvador da Bahia, Cultural Tours
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Pelourinho Tour by Night

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Experience the thrill of Salvador’s Carnival with Blessing Day every Tuesday. These festivities are a great local experience that will make guests spin! Take ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $62.50
Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho, Salvador da Bahia, Nightlife
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Private Guided Tour in Pelourinho

Pelourinho is the heart of Salvador, there many royal families established homes and brought African slaves to work for them. Salvador today is the third ...  Read more

Location: Salvador, Brazil
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00

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