Burano, Venice, Italy
Burano is a pretty small island in the Northern Venetian lagoon. In fact it is an archipelago that has four islands connected by bridges. The big highlight Burano is nothing but the multicolored houses on either side of the canals. The green waters of canals that separate the islands reflect these picturesque houses and it is truly looks like a paradise.
In the old days fishing is the main source of income in Burano. During winter season the fishermen found it hard to recognize their homes because of heavy fog. So they decided to paint their houses with different colors. This incident is believed to be the starting of the coloring tradition in Burano.
Today you can see that the houses in Burano follow a particular color scheme. There is a well-defined system for painting the houses in Burano. Suppose you are a resident in the village and you like to paint your home. The first thing you have to do is send an official request to the government. They will notify you which color you are permitted to paint your home.
Willemstad is the capital city of Curacao and a world heritage city. The downtown of Willemstad city is rich in history and display colorful government buildings, shopping centers, private homes, restaurants and business buildings. There are 750 colorful structures in total in this city. With these colorful buildings the waterfront of Willemstad city looks definitely unreal.
There are hundreds of protected historical buildings in Willemstad city. Many of these buildings stand as an outstanding example of the Dutch architectural style. Many of the ports in the harbor of the city are dates back to 17th century, built by the Dutch West India Company. This great historical importance and beauty attract thousands of visitors every year to Willemstad city.
Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark
Nyhavn is a beautiful harbor district in the Danish capital of Copenhagen. The colorful houses on either side of the canal and wooden ships are the main attraction in Nyhavn. The picturesque old houses in Nyhavn were built back in the 17th century. Today many of old houses have been turned into restaurants and cafes.
The house no: 9 is the oldest house in Nyhavn, built back in 1661. Still this old house remain in its original form. Many of these old houses in Nyhavn have been the home of popular Danish artists. The house no: 20 once used by famous Danish author Hans Christian Anderson.
This mexican town known for its rich Hispanic architecture was founded in 1554. Due to its location, the streets are narrow and many are banned cars. The beautiful buildings got its color from pink and green sandstone, which was used in their construction.
Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
Jodhpur, the second largest city in Rajasthan is also known as ‘The Blue City’. The city named after the bright blue-washed houses in the old town. This colorful old city encircles the popular Mehrangarh fort in Jodhpur. There are more than 100 colorful such houses enclosed by a wall in the city.
It is said to be the Brahmins, the priestly caste of India who started this tradition. They painted their houses with bright blue color to differentiate their houses from people of other castes. But later the rest of the members of other castes in the city also follow this tradition. According to local people of the town the blue painting also helps to keep their houses cool and to prevent mosquitoes.
Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
The Saint John city in New Brunswick province is the oldest incorporated city (in 1785) in Canada. The city is located in the beautiful bay of Fund. Saint John City is widely popular for its brightly colored downtown row houses. It is one of popular tourist attractions in the city.
It is said to be people of Saint Johns used to paint their houses in bright colors to keep the beauty even in foggy weather. You can see each house in the street painted with a unique color. The walking tour in the city surely become an unforgettable experience for you.
Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa
The historic and colorful Bo-Kaap suburb is located in the foot of signal hill in Cape Town. This residential area is renowned for its brightly colored houses and narrow cobble stoned streets. These houses display a mixture of Georgian and Dutch architectural styles.
Bo-Kaap also has a colorful history. During 16th and 17th centuries a number of slaves were imported from Malaysia, Indonesia and other African countries to Cape Town by the Dutch. The slaves were known as ‘Cape Malays’. In 1760 a number of houses were built in this area and leased to the slaves. Later the slaves bought the houses and painted in bright colors to express their freedom and happiness.