Windows of the World: Photographer reveals the distinctive personalities of European cities

Burano, Italy

What makes European cities characteristically unique and instantly recognisable? How can you distinguish elegant Venice from the snowy Alps, or sunny Barcelona from historic London?

The answer, of course, lies in the rich architecture, iconic landscapes and distinctive personalities of each metropolis. But here’s one I bet you’ve never noticed before — the very eyes of each town — the windows.

Portuguese photographer André Vincente Gonçalves has travelled extensively throughout his career, and captured countless photographs of windows along the way. Windows of the World is his series of compositions, capturing the charming identity of each city in the beautiful details of its windows.

From colourful tiles, to iconic window boxes, and from delicate glass to traditional Moorish architecture — it becomes easy to recognise each place through the features of each window. If you love these examples, make sure you check out his website at andrevicentegoncalves.com.

Main image: Burano, Italy

Sesimbra, Portugal

Sesimbra, Portugal

Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy

Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania

London, England

London, England

Ericeira, Portugal

Ericeira, Portugal

The Alps

The Alps

Porto, Portungal

Porto, Portungal

Trento, Italy

Trento, Italy

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain

Évora, Portugal

Évora, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal