Azulejo tiles Porto
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Azulejo tiles Porto

You already know Azulejo Tiles Porto?

If you have read our article about São Bento train station, you certainly have been amazed by the fantastic panels of tiles that covered it. They are called “Azulejos”, and they are a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework.

The existence of Azulejos by the city is quite common and the beauty of these are not indifferent to the tourists that visit Porto, being admired and reason of pride of all citizens.

fachada capela das almas e/ou santa catarina

Chapel of Santa Catarina. Source: wikipedia

One of the city’s biggest references is the Chapel of Santa Catarina, also called Capela das Almas, located in the heart of downtown Porto, on the corner of Santa Catarina street with Fernandes Tomás. This majestic chapel is all lined with an incredible mantle of Azulejos, totaling 15,947 pieces to cover about 360 square meters of wall.

In fact, a bit throughout the city you can find numerous fronts of buildings covered with Azulejos tiles.

Azulejos Porto

Source: O porto encanta

Azulejos Porto

Source: O porto encanta

 

However, not only in Porto the Azulejo tiles cover houses, churches and other monuments; In fact the Azulejo is now a rooted attribute of Portuguese culture. It was at the beginning of the 19th century, with the arrival of the Brazilian emigrants, that the application of this type of coating began to be common practice, seen at that time already in Brazil constituted a good protection against environmental adversities.

As a result of the growth of the use of tiles in the houses in Porto, the production of ceramics began to take its first steps in the city, and also in Gaia, contributing even more to the prosperity of the use of this type of coating that is nowadays one of the symbols of the city.

Igreja Santo Ildefonso Fonte: wandering portugal

Igreja Santo Ildefonso Fonte: wandering portugal

The next time you are strolling through the historic center of Porto, pay attention to the fronts of the buildings and let yourself be amazed by this beautiful art.

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