Casa da Flor – São Pedro da Aldeia, Brazil - Atlas Obscura
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São Pedro da Aldeia, Brazil

Casa da Flor

A self built castle built by a salt worker in Brazil. 

Located in Brazil’s Sao Pedro da Aldeia, The Casa De Flor, or House of the Flower, is a tiny house and masterpiece of outsider architecture inspired by the daydreams of poor, black, semi-literate Gabriel Joaquim dos Santos.

A salt worker and son of a former slave, he died in 1985 but left behind a beautiful work of outsider architecture. All his life dos Santos turned stones, old light bulbs, and other “trash” into art. “Every tiny shard,” he said, “turns into a thing of beauty.”