Architecture of the “Brazilians”

Fafe
Description
The 19th century is a milestone in Fafe, especially with the high incidence of emigration to Brazil, which, at the time, was the best place in which to search for fortune. Many of these emigrants sent their economies back to Fafe and used them to build beautiful buildings and small palaces.
The architecture of the “Brazilians” is one of the striking features in Fafe’s urban development and one of its most dear and attractive ex-libris. The architecture from this period is the symbol of affirmation and personal reputation of the owner and his wealth.
These are basically very large palaces, some of them surrounded by “tropical” gardens, with the inevitable palm-tree mixed with fruit trees. The buildings boast large façades, cladded with beautiful multicoloured glazed tiles, many doors and windows and a very high ceiling. The narrow balconies run along the width of the building and have richly ornamented wrought-iron or cast iron railings. Some sills are decorated in blue painted earthenware.
The skylight is undoubtedly a major element in Brazilian architecture, a symbol of this type of construction, at the top of the roof and keeping the stairs well lit.

Location: Fafe
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