This video is in Portuguese, and from 1996. Nevertheless, watching it will give you a good feel for the decadent majesty of the old Portuguese mansions of São Luís. I’m happy to report that since this video a good number of these ancient structures have been restored and are now in use by either private or public entities. More are slated for restoration.

Fun fact: 1996 was the year I started dating São Luís’s most beautiful resident.

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