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.

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    1. There are many that are still in excellent condition, but they wouldn’t fit the challenge 😉 I will write a post or two about Portugal one day.

  1. Jude, I LOVE windows! These are so luscious; i want to go to Portugal for the windows!

    I do hope current artisans can make a living continuing these ancient crafts like tile-making and expert repair, but I fear the funds are not there in economies that continue to crumble in Europe.

    Post more of these! I’m off to explore a couple of your “window links” showing at end of post.

    1. I have loads of windows posts Sammy! And more in the archived ‘Postcards’ blog if you ever get that bored! A lot of Portugal is crumbling and I suspect you are right, it is not helped by the economy there. Not sure things are getting any better either 😦

  2. I love these old tiles Jude. When I lived in Wimbledon, our house (built in 1901) had a row of painted glazed tiles running down either side of the front door. The examples in your photos look suitably Mediterranean though.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. The flat we lived in in Surrey was built in 1911 and had lovely dark green tiles in the communal area (they could have been better cared for) and all the fireplaces in the flat (3 of them) had the same tiles. I would have liked to replace them with painted ones as some were missing/cracked.

  3. I’ll have to write a piece on the charm of the broken sometime. These photos are beautiful because of their dilapidation, and because they’re blue and white – another mystery. What’s the charm of blue and white?

    1. I did think of writing a post about Broken Hill, but I really don’t have the time, nor digital photos, but it was my first thought. I guess blue and white are attractive because they combine the thoughts of a blue sky/sea and peacefulness with the clean, bright, purity of white so are aesthetically pleasing.

      Anyway what are you doing commenting?

    1. It is a lovely city, compact enough to stroll around, though a bit hilly and those cobbles can be treacherous in the wet! But I’d be happy to go back.

  4. If one has to show broken, showing something like Portugese tiles is about as good as it gets, probably. 🙂

    1. Well I have a lot of broken buildings, but I don’t think I have posted broken tiles before, and I rather like these ones 🙂

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