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From Praça Municipal to Terreiro de Jesus



In Praça Municipal you can spent a few minutes sticking your head around the door of the impressive Palacio do Rio Branco, this was the governors' old palace and had beautiful wooden floors and Rococo plasterwork, which now houses Bahiatursa, the State Tourist Office, and a monument commemorating republican Governors.

A little ways away from Palácio Rio Branco you will find Praça Tomé de Souza and Praça da Sé. Close by is the Lacerda Elevator. A few blocks further down is Praça Castro Alves, a major center for Carnaval festivities. From here, parallel to the bay, Avenida 7 de Setembro runs southwards until it reaches the Atlantic Ocean and the Barra district, which has many of the city's top-end and mid-range hotels and bars. Heading east from the Barra district is the main road along the Atlantic coast, sometimes called Avenida Presidente Vargas (Avenida Oceânica). It curves along the shore all the way to Itapoã. Along the way it passes the middle-class Atlantic suburbs and a chain of tropical beaches.

The colonial neighborhoods of Terreiro de Jesus, Pelourinho, and Anchieta are filled with 17th century churches and houses. Here is an authentic Portuguese square smack in the middle of Salvador, and it is a stunner. In the centre is a green garden with palms and a baroque fountain. On the eastern side were 18th century municipal buildings and the western edge were pastel coloured gems converted into tourist options. The southern and northern sides of the praca, however, have a cathedral each. It was like stepping back into a different age. But where you get tourists you get hawkers and the ones in Terreiro de Jesus were some of the most persistent you have ever encountered.



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