Azulejo is a form of Portuguese or Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework. There are some exquisite examples of these on the exterior of houses and other buildings in Lisbon. But sadly there are many broken tiles to be seen.





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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

49 thoughts on “Azulejo”

  1. Aren’t you clever to have captured the detail of these broken tiles. I came home only with the perfect ones. Still learning. 🙂

    1. I loved Lisbon, but I was quite distraught about the condition of a lot of the buildings, which I think I have said before. So I wanted to capture these tiles before they are ruined forever. it would be nice to think that one day perhaps someone will think about repairing the damage. And I do like decay 😉

      1. It must be such a challenge to keep everything restored in these cities with their many century old buildings. Not to mention the economics of it.

  2. They are ubiquitous in Macau too. I seem to remember my grandmother having some in her home in South Wales. Or perhaps those were coals.

  3. What gorgeous tiles, love the blue and white. I do like the distressed look, but sure those buildings are magnificent in their pristine condition.

    1. They are Sherri – the shame of it is that even the pristine tiled buildings are not exempt from that awful graffiti that seems prevalent in Europe.

    1. I don’t associate tiles with Malta. I will have to have a look at my photos! Yes, those broken windows are so charming aren’t they, with the remnants of the blue tiles – I am a sucker for buildings like this.

      1. Mum’s parents lived there for years and we all inherited pieces of tiled furniture, mostly wrought iron tables with tiled tops. Nowhere to keep one at mine though so I’ll have to photograph one of mum’s and email you!

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