São Luis, the capital of the state of Maranhão, became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Founded in 1612, the city is named after French King Louis XIII. The French left after only three years, and São Luis was then occupied briefly by the Dutch, before the Portuguese established a more long term colony.
São Luis is famous for its colonial architecture and its unique tile work, which ornament doors and windows in the colorful old section of town. The city showcases the original street plan and many houses are still covered in Portuguese hand-painted tiles.
My appreciation to a great husband, who woke up at 5:30 am to snap these shots around town, while everybody else was still sleeping…
go! (tiled traffic light)
stop! (tiled traffic light)