PARATY TOURISM AND ECOLOGY

Historic Center

Historic Center

Paraty´s Historic Center dates back to the years 1820s, when its streets already had their “pé de moleque” (“boy´s foot”) paving.  


The presence of water, with the invasion of tides in the full moon, the coffee and cane culture, the harbor and its pirates and the freemasonry determinated the trace of Paraty´s Historic Center.  


Streets were all traced from the sunrise to sunset and from north to south. All house constructions were regulated by Law and who desobeyed the determinations could pay with a fine or with prision. 


Freemasonry left its strong mark on the front of two story houses with embossed geometric drawings.  


The Historic Center, considered by UNESCO as "the most harmonious colonial architectonic set ", is declared a National Patrimony and it is preserved by IPHAN (“National Historic and Artistic Patrimony Institute”). 


Its streets, protected by chains that prevent cars from passing, also preserve the colonial charm, allied to a varied commerce and to very intense artistic and cultural expressions. 
Cars may only circulate in streets that limit the Center: “Patitiba”, “Domingos G. de Abreu”, “Aurora” and “Rua Fresca” (“Fresca Street”). 

Most streets of the Historic Center have 2 names, which is a result of municipal decreets that are conflicting with the tradition already in place.


Please see below the double names of Paraty streets:


R. Patitiba -

R. Domingos Gonçalves de Abreu

R. da Praia -

R. Dr. Pereira

R. da Matriz -

R. Marechal Antônio Dias

R. do Comércio -

R. Tenente Francisco Antônio

R. da Ferraria -

R. Comendador José Luiz

R. da Lapa -

R. Da. Maria Jácome de Mello

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  • Historic Center Historic Center Foto: Ricardo Gaspar
  • Historic Center Historic Center Foto: Ricardo Gaspar
  • Historic Center Historic Center Foto: Ricardo Gaspar
  • Historic Center Historic Center Foto: Ricardo Gaspar
  • Historic Center Historic Center Foto: Ricardo Gaspar
  • Historic Center Historic Center Foto: Ricardo Gaspar
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