The handpainted tiles of Lisbon are a true city icon. They can be seen in many building façades and in the interior of various monuments, historic buildings, and houses. Today, we will reveal 10 places where you can see the most beautiful tiles of Lisbon. Come and find out what they are.
The tiles of Lisbon are a must-see landmark of the city. By strolling the streets, it is impossible not to notice the richness of these tiles that, in a more colourful and monochromatic way, enrich the city façades.The tiles in Portugal have a long history. Imported from the neighbouring Spain, Seville, they have been in our country since the fifteenth century, and only after the Lisbon earthquake in 1755 we began to make more use of them.
After the earthquake, the residential palaces and houses in Lisbon started to opt for this type of decoration just as much for the exteriors as in many cases, for the interior rooms decoration.
Moving away from the Hispano-Moorish tiles, Portugal began producing its own tiles, many of them even counting traces of national history through their images and adornments.
The visual and graphic identity of the city of Lisbon is expressed through most of these tiles. Their production, however, is far from over. Artists of our time continue using their creativity to keep this tradition alive in the Portuguese capital.
Between the oldest and the most recent sites, come and find out where you can see some of the most beautiful tiles of Lisbon.
1. National Museum of the Azulejo
Located in the Beato area of Lisbon, the National Museum of the Azulejo is an undiscovered site for many tile lovers.
This place is situated inside the Convent of Madre Deus and contains tiles from the 15th century.
2. Palace of the Marquises of Fronteira
This eighteenth-century palace contains tiles on its exterior, in its garden and also inside its rooms, chapel and library. Many of these tiles are panels on the walls that represent the Portuguese history.
3. Casa Santa Clara
The yellow, white and blue tones reveal a very characteristic history of the 19th century romanticism.
4. Viúva Lamego Factory
The exterior part of this factory is totally covered in tiles, forming a stunning rainbow of colours.
5. Palace in Quinta de São Sebastião
6. Tile Mural in Botto Machado Garden
This Portuguese-French artist known as Mr. A helped bring colour to this region of Lisbon with tiles that represent some of the top Portuguese and French monuments.
7. National Palace of Queluz
In Queluz, we also have the National Palace of Queluz. This palace, inspired by French Baroque style, is an example of the nineteenth century architecture and one of the most beautiful monuments located between Lisbon and Sintra for representing wonderful tilework.
The interior of this palace contains a neoclassical style of tiles representing mythological scenes, the seasons and even the various continents.
8. Monastery of São Vicente de Fora
In addition to this panel, other baroque tiles make the monastery a must-visit place to see the Lisbon tiles.
9. The Convent of Cardaes
The 18th century tilework of the Convent of Cardaes is also worth a visit. These stunning murals with marbles and gilded carving and an undeniably beautiful decoration reveal traces of joanine.
This is a good place to see tiles that tell more about the history and the stories that mark our country.
10. National Palace of Sintra
The medieval palace in the centre of Sintra has some of the most beautiful Hispanic-Moorish tiles in the Lisbon region, with several rooms decorated with baroque tiles.