Snapshot view, the tiles of Lisbon 7


Walking around the hills of the capital of Lisbon, you’d be blind not to notice the hundreds upon hundreds of buildings that are encased with tiles.

It’s one of the things that makes this part of the world unique from elsewhere.

The tile work has a history that dates back to the long-history of Moorish occupation of Spain and Portugal and is an artistic reminder of the ongoing influence from North Africa that continues through southern Spain and into Portugal.
The Museu do Azulejo, the tile museum, is located in Lisbon and provides an exhaustive history of this form of architectural art. But for me, I just preferred to just wander around town and take photograph upon photograph.

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About Michael Hodson

Iā€™m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.


7 thoughts on “Snapshot view, the tiles of Lisbon

    • Laura @Travelocafe

      I totally agree, Porto is falling apart. I was under shock last spring when my husband and I visited. I wasn’t expecting a city almost in ruins. Still, it’s a charming city to visit.

  • Mariella

    I have heard about these tiles! One of my favorite coffee places in Berlin has a wall with tiles they got in Lisbon. Ah, Portugal… one more thing on my bucket list…

  • Paul

    Great little post. Lisbon was one of the surprise highlights for me when I was last in Europe, and the tiles are beautiful.

  • Zara @ Backpack ME

    Azulejos (tiles) are one of the things that make Lisbon quite visually different from the rest of Europe… there’s more to our country’s capital, of course, but I guess travelers out there need to go and find out for themselves! šŸ˜‰

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