Terreiro de Jesus
Around the corner from Praça da Sé, you’ll find yourself in the much more impressive Terreiro de Jesus (officially known as Praça 15 de Novembro), which marks the beginning of the Pelourinho district. Try to ignore the exaggeratedly made-up, turbaned, and petticoated Bahianas who will encourage you to have your picture taken with them.
From this sprawling cobblestoned square you can feast your eyes on four remarkable religious edifices: Catedral Basílica, or Sé; Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Domingos de Gusmão (tel. 71/3242-4185, 9 a.m.–midnight and 2–8 p.m. daily, R$1); the striking rococo Igreja São Pedro dos Clérigos (tel. 71/3321-0966, 2–6 p.m. Tues.–Fri.); and farther off, down the Largo de Cruzeiro de São Francisco, the stunning baroque church and convent of São Francisco.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition