Azulejos Adventures

Over the holiday season I was lucky enough to visit lovely Portugal with my parents.  Lisbon is a city of tiles – they are on the ground, interiors and building exteriors! As a tile fan it was basically heaven. Thankfully they have a museum of tiles or ‘azulejos’ as they call them.


Museu Nacional do Azulejos

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The museum is located a bit out of the centre of town in a historic former convent. The convent chapel is beautiful and features a fair number of Azulejos.

 

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The museum is on two levels and follows a general chronological order. It includes incredibly recent pieces and goes into the different styles, programatics and production process.

 

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In Portugal the tiles can be used like wall paper or murals.  They can just be chunks of geometric patterns or painting like scenes. The image above is a nativity and includes painted columns.

 

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This beautiful panel of tiles is an example of the geometric style. This could be used as a wall panel for intreriors or exteriors. The colours are usually blue and white but the more recent pieces get more colourful.

 

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There were loads of little touchable tables for visitors and were particularly good for those who are visually impaired. The kids loved them as well!

 

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The building itself was gorgeous of course. It was one of the few buildings to survive the horrible earthquake of 1755. One gallery is devoted to a pre-1755 tiled panorama of Lisbon. It is lovely!

 

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Here we’ve got mum hanging with her friend! These azulejos of human figures are often at the entrance of houses and shops to welcome visitors and guests. How grand!


Rating: 5/5

Pros: Amazing collection, well presented, good for all ages, great building, wonderful cafe, friendly and helpful staff

Cons: A little hard to get too, the shop closed in the middle of the day!

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