The multicolour neighbourhood
This neighbourhood in Salvador de Bahia retains the charm of its Portuguese colonial architecture. Located in what used to be the capital of Brazil for three centuries, it suffered a terrible decline and became an insignificant area. However this abandonment forced the area to preserve its true essence, for which it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. Since then, it has undergone a significant restructuring where vibrant colours can be seen everywhere by painting the facades of Renaissance buildings blue, sky blue, yellow and salmon. The result? The most colourful neighbourhood in Brazil.
If you visit the old district, it’s inevitable that you’ll end up wearing some ‘fitas’ (coloured ribbons) tied to your wrist. As well as a souvenir, it’s also an amulet: if after tying it you make three wishes and then untie it and take if to the Church of Nosso Senhor do Bonfim, they will come true.
Pierre Verger’s lens
Many have discovered Brazil through the subject matter of this Parisian photographer. He ended his days in Salvador de Bahía, the city that he fell in love with in 1946 and that he knew how to portray and convey the essence of in his photographs. You can visit his gallery at Portal da Misericordia 9.