Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim

Church of Bonfim © Antônio Chequer

Church of our Lord of the Good End / Igreja de Nosso Senhor do Bonfim (in Portuguese) is the most famous church in Salvador da Bahia.

The church was built in the Lower City of Salvador in the 18th century. It is a very important place to locals & also a tourist attraction. The fence around the church is decorated with Ribbons of Bonfim / Fitas do Bonfim. The belief is that to makes three knots with the Fita do Bonfim, can be at the fence or can be at the wrist, you also have three wishes to make. The wishes will all come true if you keep the Fita on until it falls off. Every year in January is a huge religious celebration, the Festa do Bonfim at the chruch.

Like most churches in Salvador, Bonfim’s church is Catholic in it’s origins. Senhor do Bonfim was imported to Brazil during colonial times. Slaves, mostly from Africa, disguised their African gods as Catholic saints. This Afro-Brazilian religion is called Candomblé.

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