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Cathedral-Basilica of Salvador

Posted by
Eric Cousineau (Sherwood Park, Canada) on 26 April 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Catedral Basílica is the biggest church on Terreiro de Jesus. It was built from 1657 to 1672 and served as a Jesuit centre until the order was expelled in 1759. Inside the church you’ll find the largest wood sculpture in Brazil (a sculpture of Christ the Saviour), beautiful ornate and many altars made from cedar and covered with a thin layer of gold. The church contains the tomb of the great Portuguese conquistador Mem de Sá

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Scott Schilling from San Martin, United States

Incredible building again! Wonderful image and great clarity - are you allowed to photograph inside?

26 Apr 2009 5:25am

@Scott Schilling: Thanks Scott! Yes; but only non-flash photography. I will post some shots later. ;-)

Anouk from Neuchâtel, Switzerland

Amazing building again! and very interesting explanation!

26 Apr 2009 8:56am

@Anouk: Thanks Anouk! I find that an explanation makes it easier for people to understand the message or significance of the building in the photo. ;-)

Lee from Fort Frances Ontario, Canada

Thank you for the narrative. It is great to learn about other cultures.

26 Apr 2009 12:51pm

@Lee: It helps to make the journey more well rounded for the participants. I am glad you enjoyed! ;-)

bluechameleon from Vancouver, Canada

So beautiful and ornate, so full of detail, nice!

26 Apr 2009 1:10pm

@bluechameleon: Thanks you Sharon! I will be posting some interior shots in the near future. ;-)

Eleftheria from Athens, Greece

Wonderful church!

26 Apr 2009 1:27pm

@Eleftheria: Thank you! ;-)

Veronica from Bucharest, Romania

very nice building, thank you for the history lesson.

26 Apr 2009 2:16pm

@Veronica: You are most welcome Veronica! Thank you for visiting. ;-)

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

I really love old buildings, and this one is exquisite!

26 Apr 2009 2:35pm

@Tracy: Thank you very much Tracy! ;-)

vu@granby - Wolfgang from Granby, Québec, Canada

A very interesting travel photo series! In this one I see an old VW Bus with the rounded windshield, I had one like that a long long time ago!

26 Apr 2009 2:50pm

@vu@granby - Wolfgang: Thanks Wolfgang! Yes, there a many old vehicles here....sometimes almost like a trip back in time! ;-)

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

It is truly lovely, bravo Eric :)

26 Apr 2009 3:09pm

@Lorraine: Thanks Lorraine! Glad you are enjoying..... ;-)

P J W Miller from Chase Terrace, United Kingdom

A great looking building

26 Apr 2009 3:23pm

@P J W Miller: Thanks Peter! ;-)

Hidalgo from Herunen, Finland

Beautiful church. I hope to see some day the largest wood sculpture in Brazil. I am very interested in wooden sculptures. Nice shot.

26 Apr 2009 3:34pm

@Hidalgo: Thank you very much Hidalgo and welcome to my blog. Please come back and visit often! ;-)

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Un très beau bâtiment!

26 Apr 2009 3:34pm

@mo.langel: Un grande merci Mo! ;-)

Mathilde Collot from Fontainebleau, France

Très belle église!!! de celle que nous n'avons pas l'habitude de voir chez nous!!! C'est bien de voyager ainsi à travers les blogs!!

26 Apr 2009 3:48pm

@Mathilde Collot: Oui, c'est amusant pour voyager le monde déléguément par les autres yeux de peuplades. Au moins jusqu'à ce que vous pouvez mettre de côté assez d'argent pour vous visiter. ;-)

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Well done!

26 Apr 2009 6:30pm

@B. Thomas: Thanks a lot! ;-)

Craig@Random Ramblings from Herts, United Kingdom

Wonderfully rustic old church, looks as though it has lived and I wonder what stories it could tell? Were you able to photograph the sculpture?

26 Apr 2009 8:16pm

@Craig@Random Ramblings: Thanks Craig! Yes, I have some interior shots that I will post in the near future. ;-)

bridget from Western WA, United States

it's interesting that there is hardly anything approaching this old in north america - but in Brasil, you seem to find these old buildings all over?

29 Apr 2009 1:49am

@bridget: TYVM! You're too right. Here we are too anxious to tear the old buildings down and put something new in their place. I'm not sure whether it is a question of economics or just plain ignorance of the value of our heritage. Makes me want to cry sometimes..... ;-)

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