Portugal covered with Azulejos
Azulejos are colorful ceramic tiles that can be seen in Portugal on almost all buildings, from churches and monasteries through the walls of houses and townhouses to railway stations or fountains. Even parking spaces are decorated with azulejos. This multicolored ceramic decoration, introduced by the Moors to the Pyrenees, is very common in Portugal, and its prosperity is at the turn of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
Initially, the azulejos were colorful, predominantly blue and yellow geometric and vegetal patterns, gradually widening the range of colors and depicted drawings. The word azulejos translates itself as "polished stone".
One of the oldest districts of Lisbon - Alfama is the true treasure of the Portuguese azulejos. Its beautiful winding streets, alleyways and old houses are almost entirely covered with these tiles. They often depict historical scenes, beautiful landscapes and landscapes, or simply serve as signs with street names or house numbers. Portugal is unrivaled in the ingenuity and variety of use of azuleos although they are not at all Portuguese invention. These colorful tiles were brought here from Egypt.
In Lisbon you can also visit the Azulejos Museum, where you can see the largest and most colorful range of these ceramic tiles, learn about their fascinating history from the sixteenth century to the present day, and a variety of ideas of their use. Great collections of azulejos can be found in the Alhambra and on the façade of the cathedral in Coimbra, while modern artists azulejos and their art can be admired at several metro stations in Lisbon.