A guided visit to Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Tue, 29.10.2019

Exploring and making a tile in Museu Nacional do Azulejo

On the last 29th of October, our Portuguese language school organized a guided visit inside Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

Our history teacher, Indira Leão, accompanied us during the visit. The guided visit was hold in Portuguese by a guide of Museu Nacional do Azulejo. The queen D. Leonor founded the museum, settled in the old convent of Madre Deus, in 1509.

The guided visit followed a chronological reasoning. We started with the tiles made according to a technique developed and implemented by the Moors in the Iberian Peninsula.

Then, we could see the evolution of tiles along time from the 17th century. Before this time, the tiles were mostly used by the church, illustrating religious themes. However, after the 17th century the tiles reflected the preferences of the Portuguese nobility for mythological themes, sometimes related to hunt. Inside the hunting room, we saw the panels of tiles from Palácio da Praia, in Lisbon, with animal hunting scenes.

In the neoclassical tile part, the 1800s tiles that tell the personal success story of the hatter António Joaquim Carneiro fascinated us. It was the first panel in the Portuguese history that told the history of a bourgeois.

Nevertheless, the Grande Panorama de Lisboa, a tile panel that shows the most complete view of Lisbon before the Great Earthquake of 1755 surprised us all.

During the guided visit, we also visited the magnificent church covered by Dutch panels and Portuguese paintings.

When we ended the guided visit, the students had the opportunity to make their own tile! It was an exciting experience for them, because they were able to make wonderful tiles as a souvenir from Lisbon.

Check out our photos of our talented students!


Let’s explore the Museu Nacional do Azulejo

The tiles make part of the Portuguese tradition and culture. We all have seen them decorating the walls of many buildings in Lisbon. However, do you know when we started to use the tiles as decoration? Why is the tile a Portuguese symbol? We’ll find it out in our next school event on the 29th of October. Our Portuguese language school will organize a guided visit inside Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

The guided visit inside Museu Nacional do Azulejo is free and will be held in Portuguese by a guide of the museum. Nevertheless, our history teacher, Indira Leão, will accompany the students to the museum.

The Museu Nacional do Azulejo is installed in the old Convent of Madre Deus. The queen D. Leonor founded it in 1509. The convent was created to host the Discalced Franciscan nuns.

In the collection of the museum, we’ll find a tile panel that represents a panoramic view of Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake. Besides, we’ll be able to see Hispanic Moorish tiles and the evolution of tile until the 21st century. The guided visit includes convent’s church. It was entirely recovered after the earthquake in a Baroque style and is covered by gilded woodcarving and tiles.

After the guided visit, you’ll have the opportunity to create your own tile and take it with you! In order to make your own tile, we need to have 10 participants. Each student has to pay the symbolic amount of 6.15€. Each participant’s tile will be baked in the museum muffle. Then, Português Et Cetera will pick them up and make them available at the school, where you can get yours!

Join us in this adventure and keep posted on our school event’s section on the website.