Cultural memory of the city and connection to the All Saints Bay
Vitória neighborhood houses the second oldest church in Brazil
Museums, galleries and the art room make up the scene of the Vitória neighborhood, one of the most popular spots in Salvador, which brings together high-standard residential buildings. Bordered by the All Saints Bay, it connects Campo Grande and Barra, where the coastline of the Bahian capital starts. The neighborhood began to be occupied in the 16th century and experienced its housing heyday in the 1940s, becoming the main address for important families in Bahia until the present day.
In less than a kilometer of total extension, Corredor da Vitória, which is the main street of the neighborhood, has a cultural effervescence. It houses, for example, the Bahia Art Museum, the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum, the Geological Museum of Bahia, the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia and the Cinema do Museu.
The Vitória neighborhood is basically composed by Corredor da Vitória, a stretch of Sete de Setembro Avenue that runs from Largo da Vitória to Campo Grande, adjacent streets and alleys. It is close to the neighborhoods of Barra, Graça, Canela and Campo Grande, very close to the Castro Alves Theater and the Alliance Française.
Esporte Clube Vitória, one of the two popular soccer clubs in Bahia, got its name because it was founded in a big house in the neighborhood in 1899, where today the Casablanca Building is located. Their colors are red and black, and their mascot is the Lion.
Wooded, the neighborhood has recently undergone requalification by the City of Salvador. In the main square, the Church of Nossa Senhora da Vitória is an architectural gem of the 16th century. Discover Vitória: cultural memory of the city and connection with the All Saints Bay.
The Church of Nossa Senhora da Vitória, located in Rodrigues Lima square, Largo da Vitória, is listed by the National Institute of Artistic and Historical Heritage (IPHAN). It was built in the year 1561 by the Portuguese. It is considered the first Church in Salvador and the second oldest in Brazil.
Historical records indicate that the church held one of the first religious marriages in Brazil in 1534 when the Portuguese Affonso Rodrigues married Magdalena Álvares, daughter of Diogo Álvares Correa (Caramuru) and Catarina Paraguaçu.
The church was renovated a few times and, in 1910, its facade was reformulated with the incorporation of elements of neoclassical style. Inside, there are baroque images from the 18th century, and the walls are adorned with frescoes from the Steps of the Passion. Among the works of art housed by the church, are the works of Joaquim Pereira de Matos Roseira (1789-1885). The church has recently undergone a complete restoration.
Part of the cultural and historical memory of Bahia is in the museums and galleries located in the neighborhood. It houses the Bahia Art Museum, the Carlos Costa Pinto Museum, the Geological Museum of Bahia, the Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia (ICBA), the Cinema do Museu (where there is a large stone mural by the artist Juarez Paraíso ) and Paulo Darzé Galeria, for example.
The Bahia Art Museum was founded in 1918 and is the oldest in Bahia. It occupies a neocolonial style building and gathers more than 5,000 works of great historical and artistic value distributed in collections of paintings, religious sculptures, porcelain, furniture, silverware, glass and crystals, drawings, photographs, documents, maps and prints. In addition to museums, the art galleries and ICBA promote various exhibitions and artistic shows throughout the year.
In addition to the historical and cultural side, the Vitória neighborhood also has excellent options for entertainment. Very wooded and with an end to end cycle path, it is a great option for a good walk or bike ride. Trees shade almost the entire neighborhood, which makes the climate quite pleasant.
A tip is to go in the late afternoon to see the sunset at the back of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Vitória, which is connected to the sea of All Saints Bay. It is a postcard photo, worthy of going to your affective memory and also to social networks. There, there is a big tree surrounded by an inviting bench, called Mirante Wildberger (Wildberger Overlook).
The Mahi Mahi Bar and Restaurant, located at the Sol Victoria Marina Hotel, is one of the neighborhood’s gems. The establishment has an open pier where it is possible, in addition to tasting delicious drinks, to take a swim in the All Saints Bay. The Goethe-Institut Salvador-Bahia (ICBA) restaurant and Coffeetown Salvador are other options for enjoying contemporary food in the neighborhood. Doces Sonhos, one of the most traditional pastry shops in the city, is a good choice for an afternoon coffee with the option of outdoor tables.
Paulo Darzé Galeria. Corredor da Vitória. Salvador, Bahia. Foto: Andrew Kemp.