Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Historic Centre of Salvador da Bahia - BRAZIL - UNESCO #309

Coming from all the way across the Atlantic Ocean, this beautiful postcard shows one of the most "Portuguese" places in Brazil - Salvador da Bahia was the first big city established in that country after the arrival of Pedro Alvares Cabral 500 years ago. It's a place I really wish to visit one day - I've never been at Brazil and more than Rio or the Amazon Forest, the most common choices, I dream of visit the "Nordeste" (Northeastern Region) and get to know the birth zone of that amazing country that we help to create. Thank you very much Silvia for this wonderful card. As for my UNESCO collection, 371 WHS received, 610 missing. This postcard took 33 days to arrive!
UNESCO #309 - Historic Center of Salvador da Bahia - BRAZIL
As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed the blending of European, African and Amerindian cultures. It was also, from 1558, the first slave market in the New World, with slaves arriving to work on the sugar plantations. The city has managed to preserve many outstanding Renaissance buildings. A special feature of the old town are the brightly coloured houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work.

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