First major Portuguese metropolis in the Americas, Salvador is a multicultural, folkloric, colorful city full of demonstrations on all sides. Native to the mix of races and cultures of the Portuguese, Black and Indian - it currently has 2.8 million inhabitants, being the third most populous in Brazil. Owner of a strong Afro-descendant, spread by the alleys, slopes and streets, which is one of its proud.
Its generous geography, 707 square kilometers, almost bent under the sea, allowed the development of one of the most beautiful cities in the world, separated between Lower and Upper Town, with paradisiacal beaches. To the natural beauties and historic sites - which have developed over the course of its 470 years of foundation completed last March 29 - make tourism the main source of income.
The atabaques and agog˘s of the candomblÚ terreiros, the capoeiristas in the Mercado Modelo, the typical Bahians in the Historic Center, the religious syncretism - which mixes reverences with the orixßs with Catholic saints - makes Salvador a unique city. Worthy of its smiling, receptive, festive and joyful people. In every rite, in every movement, it transcends the magic of its people.
Enchantress and cradle of poets and illustrious artists of Brazilian culture, from the verses of Castro Alves and Gregorio de Mattos, became known worldwide, through literature, through the stories of the writer Jorge Amado. It was sung in the most tender melodies of the composers Dorival Caymmi and VinÝcius de Morais.
Its vocation to gestate artists has proved continuous and effervescent throughout the centuries. Every decade, icons of the national culture emerged, such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Tom ZÚ, belonging to the Tropicalist movement and filmmaker Glauber Rocha. From the creativity of Dod˘ and Osmar, in the 40's of the last century, the electric trio emerged, a mobile stage that draws crowds, making Salvador's Carnival the biggest street party in the world today.
Throughout the city, there is a harmonious interaction between the old and the modern. The secular structures and contemporary buildings give the touch of the multiplicity of what Salvador means. It is the bubbly acarajÚ in the oil, the colors, smiles, the bays that outline part of its geometry.
There are over 300 churches - relics of faith and art, ranging from baroque to neoclassical - 11 strong, built for their defense, historic sites, adapted to the concrete of residential buildings, the hotel sector, squares, parks and beaches.
It is Salvador of Bahia, the city of the sun, charm and magic. Thus is Savior of all citizens.