Azulejos de Lisboa

The tiles that line the walls of Lisbon tell the tale of the city and of Portugal. These tiles were once perfectly ordered and neat. Each predictibly after the other. They once were certain and stood confidently facing the sun and the sea.

But time has designs of its own. It has sought to destroy some and gently wear away at others. Some tiles that were lost could not be replaced. In such places, rather than remove all the tiles and start again, the owners of the buildings simply repaced them with other tiles. This has created a complex patchwork, all the more beautiful for the story it tells.

And although the buildings' owners do the best they can, perhaps time is the real architect.

These are just some of the tiles that you can see on this site. All were photographed in the streets of Lisbon. You can see more of any tile by clicking on it. You can return to the main page by clicking on the Azulejos de Lisboa tile pictured below. Alternative you can see all of the tiles on the index page.


If you are interested in Portuguese Tiles I recommend this book.

Books about Tiles. Books about Portugal.

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