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Farol da Barra


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Quintessential Salvador Attraction

Farol da Barra, one of the best places for sunset watching in Salvador

Jota Freitas/Bahiatursa

Updated on June 9, 2014

Stunningly beautiful and busy year round, Farol da Barra is one of the top meeting points and party centrals in Salvador.

Bordered by two beautiful beaches - Farol da Barra and Porto da Barra, the fort area is a fabulous place for photos and sunset watching, a popular meeting point, and the main spot in Barra/Ondina, one of Salvador's Carnival circuits. This was also the venue for FIFA Fan Fest in the 2014 World Cup.

The Santo Antônio da Barra Fort, one of the most important historic constructions in Brazil, houses the Nautical Museum of Bahia, comprising nautical instruments, shipwreck finds, miniatures of important vessels, military artifacts, and utensils. The fort itself and its lighthouse - Farol da Barra, which is also how the whole complex is known - are the museum's top attractions.

The fort is Brazil's oldest military construction. In 1534, long before the foundation of Salvador in 1549, defensive structures made of loose rock and adobe were first put in place on the tip of the Santo Antônio peninsula. The gneiss formation was known as Ponta do Padrão, for a marker (padrão) installed there in 1501 by order of the Portuguese king to signal occupation of the colony.

Local Governor Francisco de Souza ordered the construction of a structure made of stone and lime mortar in 1598. The fort was rebuilt, renovated and redesigned several times over the years, always under the aegis of Saint Anthony, patron of Salvador - whose image at the fort was awarded military ranks, up to lieutenant-colonel, from the early 18th century to 1912.

One of the highlights in the fortification's history was its occupation by Dutch forces in 1624 and reconquest by the Portuguese colonizers that same year.

Opened on December 13, 1998, the Nautical Museum of Bahia replaced the Museum of Hydrographics and Navigation, which was housed at the fort from 1974 to July 1998.


Museum Hours:

Tue-Sun 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily in January and July

Address & Contact Information:


R$10; half-price for students, seniors; free for children 7 and under and visitors with disabilities.

Address & Contact Information:

Largo do Farol da Barra
Forte de Santo Antônio da Barra
Salvador – Bahia
Phones: 55-71-3264 3296 / 3331 8039

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