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Main altar of the Basilica Cathedral showing the cardinal´s throne.
Saw quite a bit today.  Brekky at the hotel was very nice, one of the best we´ve had and to continue the theme, our first stop was the Museum of Bahian Food!  Watched a video showing ladies cooking some of the traditional dishes, then looked at the displays of cooking utensils and ingredients.  We then walked up to the Basilica Cathedral - an interesting mix of styles within, with a 4m high Christ above the main altar.  The cathedral was pre-fabbed in Lisbon and shipped to Brazil for construction with the blocks of stone all cut to the right dimensions.  Saw some carved figures of what appear to be pregnant angels, although could just be that they´re very chubby! 
After our visit here, we cooled off with a cold coconut then went next door to the Afro-Brasilian Musuem, housed within the old Faculty of Medicine.
Dolls depicting the different candomble gods at the Afro-Brasilian Museum.
  We were given a booklet with an English translation of all the exhibits, and noticed they also had this in French, Italian and German.  Lots of information about the African culture within Brazil, plus excellent explanations about the candomble rituals and the various deities.  In the underneath section of the building, there is a small museum of local indigenous culture, and some excavated sections of the old Jesuit building that was originally on the site.
Last museum today was a visit to the Church of the Third Order of San Francisco, next door to the `Golden Church´.  It has been recently restored, so the interior is in very good condition.  It also houses a small museum of furniture and religous items.  The unusual and ornately carved Spanish Baroque facade outside was only discovered in the early 1900s when electrical wiring work was being done - it had been rendered over and forgotten about for a couple of hundred years.
Noel with his favourite Bahian lady outside a restaurant in Salvador.

We went back to the Cooking Museum for lunch at the cooking school housed within - a good value, per kilo with a selection of local and international dishes.  Later this afternoon we walked back into the centre to the Escola Olodum, where the percussion students were being filmed for an MTV feature.  Unfortunately, the TV crew turned up very late so we could only stay for a short while, as we were going to a performance of the Bale Folclorico da Bahia this eveing, a world-renowned group of dances performing traditional dances, mostly connected to the candomble ceremonies.  The show went for one hour and was spectacular, particulary the demonstration of capoiera at the end - those guys are incredible with their rapid movements and spins - made us al dizzy!  Back to the hotel for a delicious pasta cabonara meal cooked the chef on our tour, Adrian (who just happens to hail from Romsey, right near where we live, although he now lives and works in the UK).
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Main altar of the Basilica Cathedr…
Main altar of the Basilica Cathed…
Dolls depicting the different cand…
Dolls depicting the different can…
Noel with his favourite Bahian lad…
Noel with his favourite Bahian la…
View of the old town from our hote…
View of the old town from our hot…
Church of ST Francis from Terreiro…
Church of ST Francis from Terreir…