Unexpected Beauty: Windows & Doors of Minas Gerais, Brazil

I knew the historic towns of Minas Gerais, Brazil, would be nice, but I didn’t expect the special atmosphere and beauty that we found in each town. One after another was filled with perfectly preserved historic buildings. The buildings’ details of color, shape, and material make up the windows and doors of Ouro Preto, Tirandentes, Congonhas, and Mariana. The unexpected beauty in the historic architecture of Minas Gerais kept me fascinated and wishing for more time to just wander with my camera. Let me know which is your favorite!

Colorful Windows & Doors: Historic Architecture of Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

These ceramic “ladies in waiting” rest on windowsills of Minas Gerais, symbolizing a single woman looking for a suitor. On Tiradentes Square in Ouro Preto.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors of Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

The windowsills and doorways of this woodworkers’ shop in Tiradentes are painted in the blue that is so typical of this region.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

The bright blue doors of the tourism office in Congonhas reveals something unexpected.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors of Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

A window of sorts that reveals the “The Last Supper,” part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site work of Brazil’s most respected sculptor, Aleijadinho.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

Views like this seem to be around every corner in Ouro Preto, a town that is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

These windows, supposedly made like this so neighbors could spy on others without being noticed, are very common in Minas Gerais but were outlawed in Sao Paulo.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

The intricate balconies of Ouro Preto reflect the town’s former wealth as a center of Brazil’s Gold Rush.

Colorful Windows & Doors in Minas Gerais, Brazil | This Is My Happiness.com

An old residence with a saint to protect the house from envy

Where have you fallen in love with beautiful windows and doors? Have you seen the historic architecture of Minas Gerais or another place in Brazil?

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