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Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Salvador is the oldest colonial city in Brazil, established by the Portuguese in 1549.

Baía de Todos os Santos, or All Saints Bay was named after the day it was discovered – November 1st, or All Saints Day.

More slaves passed through Salvador before slavery was abolished than were transported into the entire United States.

Salvador Carnival is said to be the ‘largest street party on the planet’ which takes place each February.

Salvador is known as the cultural heart of Brazil; its historic centre boasts the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Lacerda Elevator which connects the upper and lower levels of Salvador was the first elevator in Brazil, completed in 1873.
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