Salvador da Bahia, or just Salvador, is a sprawling state capital that ticks all the right boxes for an urban cultural adventure. It has grand Carnival celebrations, an incredible music and cultural scene, and an Old Town at its center that is a charming UNESCO World Heritage Site. This city is, in fact, considered the birthplace of many aspects of Brazilian culture. As such, it has the energy and the rough but enigmatic beauty you would expect from a Brazilian city. Here is a look at some of the scenes from the streets of Salvador da Bahia. ALSO READ: Photos of Seville That Show the Beauty of This Incredible City Also Read - Embarrassing! Brazilian Senator Caught Hiding Money 'Between Buttocks' During Corruption Probe

The historic centre of Salvador, Brazil

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Porto da Barra beach in Salvador da Bahia

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Another view of Barra beach in the beautiful city

Barra beach in the beautiful city of salvador in bahia state brazil

Aerial view of the cityscape of Salvador da Bahia

Aerial view of Salvador da Bahia cityscape, Bahia, Brazil

Lacerda Elevator and All Saints Bay (Baia de Todos os Santos) 

Lacerda Elevator and All Saints Bay (Baia de Todos os Santos) in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Bonfim Church in Salvador, with prayer ribbons seen below

Bonfim Church in Salvador Bahia Brazil

Brazilian afro man making a wish with the colorful religious ribbons

Brazilian afro man making a wish with the colorful religious brazilian ribbons

A view of Gamboa in Salvador

Gamboa in Salvador - Bahia, Brazil

Group of people playing Capoeira in the city

Group of people playing Capoeira in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Street stall selling fruit in Salvador, Brazil

Street stall selling fruit in Salvador, Brazil

Old town of Salvador de Bahia, a World Heritage Site

Old town of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Pelourinho (Pillory), a historic neighborhood in western Salvador

Pelourinho (Pillory), is a historic neighborhood in western Salvador, Bahia. It was the city's center during the Portuguese colonial period

The Old Town is full of examples of 17th- and 18th-century architecture, a reflection of Salvador’s past as the capital of the New World colony of Portugal. The city today has an evolved culture, thanks to its incredible music and arts movement. You will hear the beat of drums and the dance of festivals almost any day you walk along the colonial streets. In the evenings, you will smell the acarajé cooking in the air and see the elegant capoeira dance at plazas. This is a city that blends African and Portuguese cultures and traditions to form a distinctive one of its own. And for that alone, Salvador da Bahia is worth the visit.