Portugal’s Historic Tilework~ Jun18 is this amazing gimish, of Portuguese artistic talent, Arabic design brilliance, and remarkable Catholic art. Cultures when mixed, mutually enrich. This is Portugal! Cheers to you from the art that lives inside us all~ Share this:PocketPrintShare on TumblrEmailTweetgoodreadsLike this:Like Loading... Related
A wonderful message, Cindy. We are so much more alike, than different…
Wow what beauty! I wished we had buildings like that here! Very vibrant and elegant! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Ahhh hugs back to yous twos! <3
What wonderful colors. 🙂
Aren’t they gorgeous!
You made me turn green with envy when I saw these photos, especially the white building with the vivid blue embellishments.
You need to go to Portugal! These beautiful blue and white tiled builidings are everywhere!
It is a remarkable country!
Stunning. It reminds me of the wall I have behind my kitchen stove (just kidding about that!)
Maybe you do have a stunning tiled wall!
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.
Beautiful tile work and photos.
Thanks Timothy and hope you are doing well my friend~ <3
Portugal is just that!
Incredible! I love this.
I do too. Portugal is a beautiful, beautiful country~
It’s on my list now!
Can’t wait to hear about your experiences~
Amazing architectural work done justice by you. Thank you.
It is this amazingly beautiful architectural mix. I love it!
That looks much nicer than some of the tilework I saw in Central America … am thinking of public sidewalks and even driveways.
I am trying to remember….Guatemala had amazing tile work I remember~
I was thinking of tiles I saw in David, Panama.
I’ve been to Panama several times, never David. Good that you went there. It is so beneficial to see this amazing world.
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If you want to upgrade your own property yourself, don’t look for the tiles and other materials at Home Depot or Loewe’s.
very nice… question? do they have coins there, i.e. like the american penny, we in Canada of course no longer have such a coin
Portugal is on the euro system and there is a 1 cent euro coin, but I don’t remember ever using it~
We tend to leave them at home (to the despair of the shopkeepers 😉 ) as well as the 2 cent and the five cent 🙂
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~
What incredible beauty and talent! God-given Talents! I love Portugal! Thank you for sharing! 😚
I know exactly why you love Portugal~ <3
I’m so stunned! These photos of the tile work are remarkable, Cindy! So much details, just incredible…
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.
Can’t thank you enough for this exquisite tile post! 💖
I basically thank you more for you, Amy. <3 <3
Beautiful. Looks like very intricately and masterfully applied into the mosaic design.
Incredibly beautiful detail~
That is gorgeous, Cindy.
It is isn’t it! I was floored by the designs~
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
Can you imagine? It’s like those Kashmir boxes hand painted over the course of years with a single strand of hair~
Hahaha! That’s a good way to describe it. 😀
Beautiful blend of different forms of art.
I love the design mixing!
How beautiful this is, Cindy. Those brilliant colours are stunning.
Yes, the creative use of color is just so wonderful!
Thank you for sharing. Came across another blog post recently on the tiles.. that when I knew for the first time.. 🙂
This very old tile work covers old buildings all over Portugal. It is unique and incredibly beautiful~
Beautiful. I love the statement: “When cultures mix, they mutually enrich.” How true.
Yes, we see evidence of this all over the world.
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Thank you my friend and be well!
That is exactly what I thought!
Fantastic works! Thanks so much, Cindy! 🙂
The artistic talent is everywhere in Portugal!
“The art that lives within!” How eloquent and life-affirming!💛💛💛
Those descriptors perfectly describe you Rebecca! <3 <3
Thank you, my dear friend!!
Back to you in spades~
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
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
What year was that church built in 1600’s 1700’s? It’s old
Yep, you are correct. It was completed in 1739, which means it was being built well before that. Here is a wiki-link about the church:
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.
The tiles seem to survive, even if the buildings crumble around them, proving that true art never dies~ <3
abd when one tile or another comes down unexpectedly the tourist is happy and bags it…
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.
Oh wow, the church is spectacular! Thanks Cindy for sharing!
There are many churches like this in Portugal and they are truly beautiful~
So Beautiful!! Thank you for showing these.
Thank you more for appreciating them~ <3
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Cindy Knoke with more of her photographic journal of her travels. This time Portugal and the intricate tilework that not only brings beauty to bare walls but keeps the buildings cool in the scorching heat.. wonderful.
The tile does keep out the heat and I never even thought of this! Thank you Sally & cheers to you my friend~ <3
Exactly my reaction to Portugal!
Wunderschöne Fotos wünsche einen schönen Sonntag Lieber Gruß und Umarmung Gislinde
Vielen Dank und schonen Sonntag dir mein lieber Freund Gislinde~ <3
absolutely spectacular <3
Portugal is just so! Thank you my friend and cheers to you~ <3
Great architectural art well photographed, Cindy
Thank you so much, honored~
I enjoyed your splendid pictures showing the different artistic stiles. Many thanks:)
Makes me happy that I posted, and thank you more for the kind appreciation~
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.
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~
Really nice !
toll, schönen Sonntag wünsche ich
Vielen dank und schonen Sonntag mein lieber Freund~
Liebe Grüße, im Moment fehlt es an Zeit
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 🙂 .
Ahhhh, I am so honored. Thank you. I am in love with your country and wish I could live in The Azores! <3 <3
🙂 🙂 🙂
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 😉
Yes! Let’s! I want to visit the other islands too. It is too beautiful to miss~
Merci beaucoup mon ami Bernard. Bisous~ <3 <3
The COLOR! OMG! Thank you!
Thank you so much more for making me glad I posted! <3
I love tile, Cindy. LOVE IT!
So do I, and so glad you do too~
Outstanding tile artwork, Cindy. Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures. 🙂 — Suzanne
Thank you more for the thoughtful appreciation & cheers to you~
Amazing. The colours are fantastic.
Aren’t they wonderful! A celebration of the joy of life~
Colorful, inviting, exotic…beautiful
You are a very dear friend~ <3 <3
Nice stuff. I particularly like the duck fresco. ^…..(‘)< ack, ack, ack.
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! 😉
Well they do quack a lot. 🙂
Yes indeed they do! Sending cheers to you dear Graham.
The concept of all these cultures mixed together is simply amazing. And so is your eye for photography Cindy. Thanks for yet another trip to see what beautiful architecture humans can create.
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~
You got to take me to see al these places you visit, and I do promise I will be a good boy
Its a deal! It would be so much fun to do a blogger friend trip, wouldn’t it! I volunteer to be the agent~
So the deal is sealed!
So colorful and beautiful!
Yes, this perfectly describes Portugal!
Just gorgeous as always! so nice to get to travel with you!
You make the experience so much better~
What a joyful post for a Sunday! Hope you’re having a happy day, Cindy 🙂
So happy I added some cheer to your Sunday Jo and be well my friend~ <3
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!
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
Oh that brought back some lovely memories of a romantic trip to Lisbon. Loved the tiles and the curious Arabic feel of Lisbon.
Yes, I love exactly what you are describing!
Outstanding! Such gorgeous colors and elaborate patterns, beautiful.
Yes, this is Portugal! It is so beautiful and so old~
I am thinking of the paints and tiles – how developed was the art centuries ago. Simply amazing.
Yes, I always am really struck by this in Europe. I should post the ancient Moorish palace next. It truly is ancient and oh so airy and wonderful!
Gorgeous and detailed tile work. What patience must have been required to do work like this! Thanks for sharing it here, Cindy.
Yes! Patience, love of beauty and artisan handmade work, things we don’t value enough now~
So amazing! I especially love the blue and white. 🙂 Great captures of this lovely artwork, Cindy.
The blue and white is classically lovely isn’t it~
That is what I kept saying when I saw it!
There’s also a lot of Portuguese tile work in Northeast Brazil.
I saw some of it, but would love to see more~
What wonderful light. It would be fantastic to read there.
Or stay there for a long time!
So ornate and beautiful!
Makes me want to head into the middle-east to see more~
Well I’d pass on that right now. But I do understand the desire.
Yes, so unfortunate, because all the beauty is lost to us~
Just exquisite. We’ll probably be in Portugal next summer. Where are these places Cindy, especially the first six photos? I’d like to see them.
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~
Beautiful photos and beautiful post!
Awww, beautiful thoughts from a very kind friend~
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.
Cracking up, thanks for leaving that part out! Seville is gorgeous isn’t it!
These photos are amazing.
Thank you, it’s because Portugal’s architeture and design is amazing!
I’ve never seen anything like it.
Absolutely astounding, Cindy, and also beautiful. Thanks for sharing this. 🙂
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~
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Your country’s celebration was so beautiful it defies description. Be well my friend~
The craftsmanship is exquisite! Such detail, so beautiful!
Yes, back when art was a daily community wide endeavor!
The mix of cultures is wonderful and startling. I love how they intersect here. I’ve never been to Lisbon but of course I need to go!
If you enjoy exposure to different cultures and traditions as I do, you will love Portugal~
Oh, I do. Very much.
Liebe Cindy das sind ja wunderschöne Fotos ganz tolle Farben hab einen guten Start in die neue Woche Klaus in Freundschaft
Vielen dank mein lieber Freund Klaus und Frohe neue Woche! <3
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… 🙂
Exactly, as long as there is life there is hope~ <3
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!
Yes, I think it is an artistic endeavour fuled by talent and passion and as you saym lots of patience!
Such beautiful tile! Especially love the blue tile on the buildings. Yes, cultures that mix do enrich!
You will love Portugal then, as the blue and white tile is the most omnipresent~
I LOVE old tile work! magnificent buildings, thanks for sharing, Cindy!
Ahhh, so happy you enjoyed and be well my friend~ <3
I love how they include both curves and straight lines into the environment. And the color is lovely. You can tell it must be hot there.Tile work and winter don’t do as well together.
I never thought of either points, which is why I always love your comments Brenda~ <3
I love seeing the Moorish influences. When I went to Barcelona, the tile work made me swoon.
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
Oh course it tastes better! Artistic beauty makes everything better! <3
Such gorgeous photos Cindy. Portugal is not only one of the most beautiful countries but has in my humble opinion, the most beautiful language.
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.
It is complicated! I fell in love with the sound listening to Neruda recite his own poetry 🙂
Oh he is so brilliant~ <3
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!
I am glad you bought them and I can fully appreciate why you did. It is such a beautiful art form. I bet you enjoy having them!
I certainly do!
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
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~
I was in Lisbon a few years ago–the tiles were amazing!
Yes, I am glad you were able to see for yourself!
So pleased you enjoyed and be well my friend~
The tile work is amazing, but it’s a little too much for me. Personally, it feels suffocating although I think that is part of the structure’s “beauty.”
Interesting, and to each his (or her) own! Thanks for stopping by and joining the conversation~
They look soo grand on my monitor! I can see the colors and details even better. 🙂
Photos do look different based on where you view them, don’t they. Loved your recent post photos Amy!
Okay to share on Twitter?
Portugal will be pleased. I would be humbled. Thank you!
I just didn’t see a twitter share button 🙂
Oh, yes I don’t have one. Sorry!
Those vibrant colors echo the great love of life of a people. Simply beautiful!
Yes! When cultures create communal historical art, they are speaking to all of us, through time.
Such beautiful architecture there! It makes America look plain jane!
It does I am afraid. What we lack in artistry, we are supposed to make up for in high ideals.
Stunningly beautiful 🙂
Portugal is just that! Thank you & cheers too~
Stunning! The intricacy of the tile work must have taken years. So colorful and beautiful. Thank you Cindy!
Lots of artistry and patience require! So pleased you enjoyed and cheers to you Nancy~ <3
This is absolutely beautiful. Thanks for sharing it Cindy.
Oh, I am so glad you enjoyed it and thank you for you thoughtful comment~
It’s like fine embroidery, dense & rich with creativity. I love this!
How synchronistic you should say this. I have a post on very old Spanish tapestries. Maybe I’ll post it next. Thank you for the idea Resa~ <3
So much beauty and colour Cindy I can imagine just being stopped in my tracks walking into a place like this.
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.
Those sort of experiences are what make travel so special.
Breathtaking. So so beautiful.
Portugal is just so! Very happy you enjoyed~
C’est magnifique mon amie! xx
Bisous mon amie! <3
Wow! Magnificent designs! 🙂
Certainly make you stop and look!
I think so too! I have a weakness for tile-work of all sorts, so of course, I love Portugal!
I am with europasicewolf. aka. “Timid One” Never realized how beautiful Portugal is !!!
Be well my far away friend 🙂
Thank you Kenny and I am home at The Holler now, so not so far away!
Dziękuję za troskliwość !
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!
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
Wow. I have to visit Portugal!!
You will be happy you did!
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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!
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
Cindy, I’ve seen some amazing azulejos but these are exquisite!
Ahhh, I am so glad you appreciate them as I do! Thank you~ <3
That is exactly what I thought when I saw it!
That’s amazing! Tile work like this always wows me.
Yes, me too, which is why I love Portugal! Have a wonderful week Joey~
Lovely Portugal . Great great pics -love all the tiles.
Portuguese historic tile work is an national treasure. So pleased you appreciate it too~
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I would be honored and am most appreciative. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and thank you for asking.
Thanks for giving me permission. 🙂
Thank you for your thoughtfulness & cheers to you~
So nice of you to say. 🙂
Like your post! Please check my blog out im from the Uk studying in Guimaraes (Portugal)! I’m very new to this 🙂
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!
Thank you so much! The posts are not the best or anything but I can feel myself getting better the more I’m writing them. Lovely to meet you to Cindy.