Welcome to Bom Jesus da Lapa, a beautiful municipality located in Bahia, Brazil. With a population of 69,662 as of 2020, this city covers a total area of 4,115.5 square kilometres along the banks of the São Francisco River. Its economy is based on agriculture, commerce, tourism and fishing. The current mayor is Eures Ribeiro Pereira. Bom Jesus da Lapa is known for its Gothic style wall and nearby caves, as well as being the site of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bom Jesus da Lapa. But what really sets this city apart is the Romaria, the third largest Catholic festival in Brazil, drawing as many as 800,000 visitors or Romeiros to the city annually. For this reason, Bom Jesus da Lapa is known as Capital Baiana da Fé (The Bahian Capital of Faith).
Bom Jesus da Lapa is one of the older towns in Brazil, being founded in 1693. It did not reach the status of city until 1953. The name means Good Jesus of the Grotto, which might relate to a nearby cavern that naturally had church-like structures so was converted to a chapel. The chapel began in the seventeenth century and is a significant pilgrimage site in Brazil.
The city is served by Bom Jesus da Lapa Airport.
If you’re planning a trip to Brazil, be sure to add Bom Jesus da Lapa to your itinerary. With its rich history, stunning natural beauty, and vibrant culture, this city is a must-see destination for any traveler.