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The development of the Historical Center, however, involved the forced removal of thousands of working-class residents and now necessitates local and municipal events in order to attract people to the area.

The Pelourinho district of the upper town, still home to many examples of Portuguese colonial architecture and historical monuments, was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985.

The city's cathedral is the see of the primate of Brazil and its Carnival celebration has been reckoned as the largest party in the world.

Porto da Barra Beach in Barra has been named one of the best beaches in the world.

Itaipava Arena Fonte Nova was the site of the city's games during the 2014 Brazilian World Cup.

Founded by the Portuguese in 1549 as the first capital of Brazil, Salvador is one of the oldest colonial cities in the Americas.

A sharp escarpment divides its Lower Town (, Brazil's first elevator, has connected the two since 1873.

Mistreatment of the Tupinambá by the settlers caused them to turn hostile and the Portuguese were forced to flee to Porto Seguro c.

The upper city formed the administrative, religious, and primary residential districts while the lower city was the commercial center, with a port and market.

In 1572, the Governorate of Brazil was divided into the separate governorates of Bahia in the north and Rio de Janeiro in the south.

These were reunited as Brazil six years later, then redivided from 1607 to 1613.

Salvador forms the heart of the During his second voyage for Portugal, the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci sighted the bay on All Saints' Day (November 1) 1502 and, in honor of the date and his parish church in Florence, he named it the Bay of the Holy Savior of All the Saints.