Azulejos

Azulejos, glazed tiles originating in Portugal and Spain, were traditionally painted in blue and today still ordain many exteriors of the Portuguese architecture.  Azulejos are seen on almost anything, from park benches, to street signs and house numbers.  Ranging from hand painted scenes on church and cathedral walls to a more utilitarian pattern that graces many a two story apartments, the azulejo has become an inspiration for modern street art, home decor, fashion design, and souvenirs alike.

Here is my small menagerie of photographed azulejo garnished structures and azulejo inspired items.  Enjoy!

This one tickled my “punny” bone. These are A-zu-le-shoes!!  Listen to the Portuguese pronunciation of Azulejos and you’ll get the idea… These were found in a gift shop in Evora.

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In Lagos: Painted Street Art

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In Evora: One of the many azuleljo scenes within this well visited cathedral

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Quiet Sea-side town of Bara

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Found this bed set in huge, muiti-level shopping center in Lisboa. Each floor is a dedicated department. As you can see this one was the towels, linen and bedding floor.

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Street view of a window display in the Marques de Pombal area of Lisboa

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Capital City of Lisboa: We saw many of these fun little tour vehicles in a variety of designs. Of course this one was my fav.

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