You already know Painted tiles of Porto – “Azulejos”?
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 Painted tiles of Porto – “Azulejos”, and they are a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework.
The existence of Painted tiles of Porto – “Azulejos” 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.
One of the city’s biggest references of Painted tiles of Porto – “Azulejos” 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.
You can also visit Casa Tait. Located on the romantic part of the city, on a long and pleasant green, with great views over the Douro River, this house retained a deep hallmark of the English families which inhabited it. William Tait bought it in 1900 by, a Port Wine negotiator who was rich and who dedicated himself to the study of fauna and flora. Muriel Tait followed William Tait, selling the house to the Porto’s City Hall, under the condition that it would be transformed into a public green space. The building is today the repository of tiles in Porto. It has a room where temporary exhibits are held, and the gardens are of free access.
However, not only in Porto the Painted tiles of Porto – “Azulejos” 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.