The 5 best places to see azulejos
1) Museu do Azulejo
This national museum dedicated to glazed tiles showcases the evolution of this ancient form of art since its inception in ancient Egypt up to today. Set in a superb 15th-century convent decorated with azulejos, this museum is unique in its kind in the entire world.
2) Palacio Fronteira
This outstanding private palace, still owned by the Marquis of Fronteira, is known for its rich interiors, its French-style box garden and, above all, for its unique and magnificent collection of azulejos, that form a series of images dedicated to the Portuguese kings and to Greek and Roman mythology.
3) Convento dos Cardaes
This nuns’ convent, hidden in a quiet street of Príncipe Real, is still in operation. It holds a valuable series of glazed tile panels dating from the late 1600s. Using only white and blue, the panels were created by Dutch tile artist Jan van Oort. They depict the story of the convent’s patron saint, Theresa of Avila.
4) Vida Portuguesa (Viúva Lamego)
The Viúva Lamego factory has been the most important glazed tile production facility in Portugal since 1849, specialising in the more delicate and artistic versions of this traditional wall covering material. Its former factory/shop in Intendent is in itself a jewel of the art of the azulejos, boasting a façade covered in beautifully coloured tiles.
5) Casa do Ferreira das Tabuletas
This iconic building in Chiado (one of the top photo spots in Lisbon) was built in 1864 and has a façade completely covered with decorative tiles produced at the Viúva Lamego factory. They show six allegorical figures representing Earth, Land, Water, Trade, Industry, Science and Agriculture.
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