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Paraty boasts what is considered the most harmonious group of XVIII century colonial architecture in Brazil. It incorporates a number of interesting elements that you should keep an eye for. The Freemason influence can be noticed everywhere. You will see geometric panels on the fašades, and street corners with three pillars in stone, and one in whitewash. They stand for Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Exotic pineapple-shaped lamps, small balconies decorated with guardrails of intricate iron lacework, and rings near the door to tie horses are also easy to find.

Many sobrados (two-story houses) have what looks like metal horns or flutes jutting out of the walls. They actually serve a purpose, namely to divert rainwater to the street. Since fašades of houses cannot be changed, you will see many fake windows and doors. Doors that were turned into windows kept the original door frame, all the way down to the floor. Owners are allowed to renovate the houses inside as they will.

Some of the sobrados in Paraty have been meticulously restored to their former glory, and should be included in your walking tour.

Here we can see a Sobrado, pretty decorated for the Festival of the Divine Holy Spirit.

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