Located in the micro region of Salvador, the city is a national metropolis with nearly three million inhabitants, and is the largest city of northeastern Brazil, the third most populous country, and the eighth largest throughout Latin America. The metropolitan area, known as Metropolitan of Salvador or the Great Savior, has 3,767,902 inhabitants, which renders it the most populated in the Northeast, and the fifth largest in Brazil. It is known for its great cultural influence from Africa.
Most of the population originates from the continent of Africa, making it the center of Yoruba Candomblé and the martial art dance capoeira. It has more than 350 churches, which is why the area has earned fame as being the "Black Rome." Beyond religion, the African influence extends to the food and music (from the spiritual afoxé to the most popular axé and samba).
It has a rich cultural heritage, beautiful beaches and is famous for its grand celebrations of Carnival, which is why Salvador de Bahia was also known as the "City of Joy."
Salvador boasts a warm, tropical climate with a relatively high humidity level during the year. The city does not, however, suffer from extreme temperatures due to the proximity of the ocean and its breeze.
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