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The Birth of Samba - Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia. ©NHK/ UNESCO TV 1985
The Birth of Samba - Historic Centre of Salvador de Bahia

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Salvador da Bahia
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As the first capital of Brazil, from 1549 to 1763, Salvador de Bahia witnessed the blending of European, African and Amerindian cultures. It was also, from 1558, the first slave market in the New World, with slaves arriving to work on the sugar plantations. The city has managed to preserve many outstanding Renaissance buildings. A special feature of the old town are the brightly coloured houses, often decorated with fine stucco-work.

Place/country: Brazil,
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
Credits: NHK (publisher), UNESCO WHC (producer). UNESCO TV (producer).
Published in: 1985

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