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Notes on the Geography of Brazil: Salvador: Photo 6

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Funny, how asphalt suddenly looks cheesy.

You soon learn to be glad that most of the town's churches are more or less permanently locked: if they weren't, there'd be no time left for anything else. So we'll happily pass the Igreja do Santissimo Sacramento do Rua do Passo. Translation: the Church of the Blessed Sacrament of Step Street.

Opened in 1736, it's been closed for an extraordinary 20 years. Like most of the churches around here, it was mostly paid for and used by a brotherhood or fraternity of laymen, an irmandade, in this case one renamed in 1872 as the Venerable Third Order of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin of Boqueirao. The brotherhood was more decorously known in translation as the fraternity of "tawny-complexioned men."

See Memoir of the State of Bahia, by Joaquim Lima, Director of the Public Archives, 1893.

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