Portugal’s Historic Tilework~

is this amazing gimish,
of Portuguese artistic talent,
Arabic design

and remarkable Catholic art.

Cultures when mixed,

mutually enrich.


This is Portugal!
Cheers to you from the art that lives inside us all~

259 thoughts on “Portugal’s Historic Tilework~

      1. Well, you could change that, if you wanted to. White on white is kinda boring, unless it’s ice in the artic regions and then, the ice is never white, it reflects color.

      1. Exactly right, laughing, which is why I come home with so many of them, and I have a special lovely jar to keep them in. Reminding me of the incredible places I visit~

    1. I fell in love with the combination influence, the Arabic art and architecture is just remarkable. I had never really seen it. I have a palace to post that is the most understated, light and architectually beautiful palace I have ever seen.

  1. Wow! Having the attention span of a gnat, I can’t imagine being the artisans who labored over all the stunning details of those structures! Thanks for the continued tour of Portugal, Cindy! <3

  2. Cindy, these images just blow me away! The last time I saw intricate tilework that in any way resemble this was in downtown Santa Barbara. However, this takes everything up to another level! I’m so glad that you had this change to enjoy the craftsmanship as well as sharing this with us! <3

    1. Yes, the tile in Santa Barbara is gorgeous which makes SB one of my favorite places. I do agree with you though, Portugal takes tile work to the penultimate artistic level. It covers the inside and outside of so many buildings and it is just knock-your-socks-off beautiful and very, very old. So pleased you enjoyed Lynn and be well my friend~ <3

  3. wonderful Pictures, with great Beauty, photographed so beautifully, clear, sharp, true to the colours. Thanks.
    A pity that the tiles of the church are decaying. Thaks to give us the pics so that we can blow them up to see the details.

      1. In Portugal the very old art is all around you. If a tourist “bagged it” they should take it immediately to the Portuguese Department of Antiquities. Otherwise the tourist is just a robber.
        I do understand and respect entirely what you are saying.

  4. Wow! That is quite unexpected. I only went to Lisbon for 2 days so never got to see any of this. It reminds me a bit of Turkish tile work.

    1. Yes, it does. The Arabic influence in Spain & Portugal is very evident. The Moors ruled Portugal for 800 years. Their architecture and design is spectacular~

  5. You say it so well : “Cultures when mixed .. mutually enrich”
    Thank you again for posting such beautiful pictures of my country and for showing it to the world 🙂 .
    Turtle Hugs

      1. 🙂 🙂 🙂
        I was there for a 3day weekend a few weeks ago and I went ahhhh … I wanna move here 🙂 Must go again and visit the other islands too 🙂
        Maybe we’ll meet there someday who knows 😉
        Turtle Hugs

    1. You and I, we love the ducks. I bought my husband a “Shut The Duck Up!” t-shirt as a joke assuming he wouldn’t wear it. Boy, that assumption made an ass of me! 😉

    1. I so respect your multi-cultural intelligence Waldo and I know most of this came from your love for your wife. Be well my dear friend. I am so glad you got out and about in your beloved Adirondacks and love seeing the photos of these places I have never been~

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        Hi Cindy, these pictures are amazing. Don’t know if you remember me but I worked as your secretary at the Armed Services YMCA (circa 1987-89). I’ve been meaning to look you up to say hello; hope all is well with you and your family!

        1. Oh my gosh! Debbie! Of course I remember you and I am so jazzed to hear from you! I am going to send you an email now. I can’t wait to hear all about you and your family. So very glad to hear from you! <3 <3

    1. The first six are in Lisbon and Porto. You really would love Aveiro too though! Let me know before you go and I will give the specifics. The first series are in a house in Lisbon that I just wandered into. When you go, I’ll tell you how to do this. I am heading over to your blog now to figure out if you are still in San Miguel~

  6. I am reminded of our stay in Seville, Spain, not very far away geographically or historically. Beauty every where… except the bathroom in a particular restaurant, late one night…. Ah, another tale to be told.

    1. I’ve been thinking about you, going over to your blog to see if you post. It doesn’t matter if you have brilliant material to post as you always do, your friends just want to hear from you. So glad you posted and be well cuz~

  7. I love your last sentence about the culture that lives inside us all. When we can truly embrace the differences in people and cultures, we might come together is peace and love… 🙂

  8. Wow, that’s quite something all that richly-coloured and intricately-patterned tilework. Can you imagine the concentration required for that sort of craftsmanship? I would have enough trouble doing a neat job of tiling a bathroom wall with plain tiles!

  9. Such intricate beauty. 🙂 I have 2 coffee mugs, hand painted I bought in the Algarve almost 20 years ago. They’re still my favourite to drink my coffee in.I swear it just tastes better, lol. <3

    1. I agree with you! It is such a complicated language though and I couldn’t get a handle on it. I am good with Spanish and okay with German and a bit of Italian, but Portuguese left me in the dust. I tried in Brazil too and it just wasn’t happening.

  10. How I admire those artworks and all the work behind it. Wonderful shots of a beautiful place. That blue and white is so great. I bought some of that ceramics in the Azores. I seldom buy things, but a teapot and some jars and a soup bowl!

  11. I love Portugal! Last time I was there, there was some rehab/construction going on with an old building and there were all these lovely old little tiles toss in the gutter and trash. I asked if I could take a few. The workers seemed quite pleased and helped me find 4 undamaged tiles about 3×3″ with different styles/designs – all typical of the buildings there. I hand carried those home and from house to house. These little tiles are soem of my favorite treasures. Portugal’s tile work is fabulous

    1. Oh yes, that is wonderful! So polite that you asked! Can you imagine how old those tiles are? I saw some displayed in a very creative manner on the wall as pieces of handmade, very antique art, which is exactly what they are. I took photos of the displays and if you are interested, I would be happy to show you. They were in a very elegant hotel. I would prize these immensely as you do, I and think you were very clever to save them~

    1. Yes. Exactly what happened. I was by myself and saw people walking in. There was some sort of event with a sign about a culturally significant Portuguese place that I didn’t really understand and the door was open. It wasn’t on any tourist brochure. I asked if it was okay for me to go in, and then as soon I caught a glimpse, I asked if it was okay to take photos. I was pretty amazed by the whole experience.

  12. When I was in my first year of college, I wanted to be an Architect…I could design and draw so well. I broke my kneecap in one of our basketball games. So much pain they had to give me morphine, and I could not draw a straight line again. My heart is always moved by designs and architecture. Well at least soon after God blessed me to be able to write. I always felt I lived there before in Portugal and Spain. Love all the pictures you share Cindy!

    1. So you have this deja vu about Spain and Portugal. That is fascinating Wendell. I have experienced deja vu and it’s a powerful experience isn’t it. Just the thought of you breaking your kneecap makes me wince. I can just imagine the pain. Terrible. And opiates took away your talent, which makes it even worse. Yes, God did bless you Wendell with your poetry, and you bless all of us who read it. Be well my friend~ <3

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  14. Thank you for this post! I’m Portuguese and I feel proud to read about these beautiful art pieces that say so much about the history that makes Portugal what it is and its people! Thank you!

    1. It is so important to me to present a country’s history and traditions accurately and I am not an expert by any means, so your comment means a great deal to me. Portugal is just a remarkable country both in terms of it’s long, impressive history, it’s world leadership in sailing exploration and discovery, and it’s incredibly beautiful architecture and tile work. Everyday I took photos that were of such beautiful places. I started collecting the embroidered linen which I now have displayed in my home. Portugal just “gets” visual beauty and the artistic use of color and it has done so for such an incredibly long period of time. I am proud of Portugal too! <3

    1. Welcome to blogging Amy! Wonderful to meet you. Blogging is loads of fun and I am off to visit your blog now. I would love to follow your adventures as you study/live in gorgeous Portugal!

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