When I think of Portugal a few things come to mind,…seafood, port, wine, beautiful architecture and with the latter azulejos!
The word “azulejos” stems from Arabic roots meaning “small polished stone” and dates as far back as the 13th century.
Antique azulejos were simple structures cut into geometric shapes in neutral tones, blues and whites. These colours were influenced by the Age of Discoveries during the 15th – 18th centuries. Later, simple geometric shapes were replaced by more ornate decoration and other colours appeared, yellows and greens.
Through its decorative means, azulejos tells the story about Portugal’s history, religion, and culture. They can be seen decorating churches, monasteries, palaces, railway stations, restaurants … and private homes. Did you know they are used extensively in interior decorating as well?
If you are visiting Portugal, or plan to, make sure to see the National Azulejo (Tile) Museum, Sao Bento Railway Station, and the Bucaco Palace …to name a few.
You can also see traditional azulejo artform transformed into contemporary works for the home at Casa Cubista.
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