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27/06/2008

Pelourinho, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil


This a photo of the old houses of the historic centre of Salvador de Bahia (São Salvador da Baía de Todos os Santos, i.e "Holy Savior of All Saints' Bay"). Salvador is the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia and known as as Brazil's capital of happiness due to its easygoing population and countless popular outdoor parties, including its street carnival. The first colonial capital of Brazil, the city is one of the oldest in the country and in the New World. The city of Salvador is notable in Brazil for its cuisine, music and architecture, and its metropolitan area is the wealthiest in the northeastern region of the country. Over 80% of the population of metropolitan region of Salvador is of Black African origin, and African influence in many cultural aspects of the city makes it the center of Afro-Brazilian culture. The historical center of Salvador, frequently called the Pelourinho, is rich in historical monuments dating from the 17th through the 19th centuries and has been declared World Heritage site by UNESCO. See also salvadordabahia.org.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Such lovely colors ! Was this photo taken during a special time of the year (carnival, festival) or is it always decorated like this ?

Loïc BROHARD said...

This was in June, and in Bahia, June is known as the "merry month"... I recall this was during Sao Joao Festival, commemorated throughout the state with bonfires, fireworks, Forro music and square dancing as well as copious amounts of liquors and local delicacies...to honour the harvest and fertility. Unlike the Carnival, Festas Juninas celebrate the ego, the constancy of life and hard work ! I hope this answers the question, Loic