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Throughout Portugal, the people like to decorate the exterior of houses and about any other type of building with ceramic tiles (azulejos). Not every building is decorated this way, but enough of them, so that you get used to it after a few days. These pictures were all taken in Lisbon, around the Castle Hill.


We are used to tiling interior rooms, like the kitchen, bathroom and WC - but never the exterior of a building. You can imagine how fascinated I was in the beginning, when seeing this phenomenon. Of course, I have seen tiling in pictures by Tom, so at least I was prepared in a way.



comments (14)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 9 Aug 2017, 00:49
The Portugese practice of cladding their buildings in glazed tiles is a wonderful thing, Louis. Your images illustrate this very well.
Louis: Somewhat unusual for me, but there are some exquisite examples. We will get there. Thanks Ray.
It makes for a really pretty community!
Louis: It does add colour and most are really done in good taste (obviously, a few are not). Must be costly, though.
I know what you mean, Louis. I don't know if I'd ever get used to it?
Louis: After a few days I only noticed the real outstanding ones - some of them I will post as the show goes on, Ginnie.
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 9 Aug 2017, 06:45
This is a local oddity Louis. I don't think I've ever seen this sort of thing in the UK
Louis: In all my travels, I cannot remember having seen the likes in another country - so I agree that it will be a Portuguese oddity.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Aug 2017, 06:53
It makes the buildings look very attractive - how labour-intensive that must have been
Louis: ... and probably expensive, too, Lisl.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Aug 2017, 07:31
Oh, I loved the azuleijos in Portugal!
Louis: Geweldig en heel speciaal, Philine.
It is unusual but very attractive Louis
Louis: I think so, too, Bill.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 9 Aug 2017, 11:31
Iberia is big on ceramics Louis. I like your illustrations.
Louis: Thank you gutteridge. So I will find some tile clad houses in western Spain as well? Haven't been to those parts.
I think it would be very beautiful and an easy way to clean the building. Not for a country that freezes and thaws though.
Louis: High up in the Portuguese mountains, where it freezes and thaws; they had some other solutions for cladding buildings, but mostly just painted the walls.
It's almost like they've been wallpapered, they look very nice.
Louis: True and I thought unusual, Brian.
You can't move without seeing them, can you? smile
Louis: I did remember your reply to my comment, back then, Tom. And, yes - there are lots of tile clad buildings.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 10 Aug 2017, 07:37
Jolies décorations pour tous ces immeubles.
Louis: Je crois que c'est une spécialité portugaise, Martine.
Thanks for the explanation and the lovely shots... I hope you have more on this theme...
Louis: My pleasure, Larry. There will be more in the Portuguese series.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Aug 2017, 15:29
This is indeed amazing and yes I followed Tom on his travels and now you. I so love these tiles at the outside of buildings. great set of pictures and I love the one with the wash hanging out.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. On Sunday afternoons, a lot of washing hung out, all over Portugal. Expect some closer attention to washing lines.

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