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HISTORIC CENTER OF SALVADOR DE BAHIA

HISTORIC CENTER OF SALVADOR DE BAHIA
Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil
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BACKGROUND

Founded in 1549 as Brazil’s first capital, and the seat of the Portuguese government for more than two centuries, today Salvador de Bahia is a metropolis with over three million inhabitants. The oldest section of the city, the Centro Antigo, houses 80,000 residents. At its core is the colonial-era Centro Histórico, which is composed of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century houses and churches. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

The historic center of Salvador de Bahia was included on the 2012 World Monuments Watch. Between 2008 and 2010, the Escritório de Referência do Centro Antigo coordinated an effort by the local, state, and federal governments to design a participatory rehabilitation plan for Salvador, with the assistance of UNESCO. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The rehabilitation plan for Salvador will result in the preservation of the historic city’s cultural heritage, while stimulating economic activity in the region. The goal is a balance of activities that preserve the character of Salvador and keep it a livable city. (...)

SPOTLIGHT

World Monuments Watch Day

For Watch Day, the city collaborated with the non-profit Santa Casa de Misericordia on a variety of activities for more than 80 youth from underprivileged neighborhoods of the city center. The day included a guided tour of the historic center and cathedral, art workshops, and prizes for the children.

In Dig Deeper: Watch Day Video
Watch Day Slideshow