A visit to the National Tile Museum

Wed, 16.01.2019

Learning more about a symbol of the Portuguese culture

Most of the people who visit Lisbon realize that the tiles are a dominant presence in the city. We can find them in many buildings in different colours and shapes. The themes of the tiles vary between the reports of historical episodes and religious iconography. Despite of being a decorative ornament, the tiles are able to keep the houses cooler during the summer. You’ll learn more about this important symbol of the Portuguese culture on the next tour on the 16th of January. We’ll do a guided visit to the National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo).

Indira Leão, our history teacher, will take us to this visit. The Museu Nacional do Azulejo was the ancient Convent of Madre de Deus, founded in 1509 by the queen D. Leonor. Here, we’ll find the extraordinary tile panel which represents the coastal strip near the Tagus river before the earthquake of 1755. The tile panel is called Grande panorama de Lisboa and its author is Gabriel del Barco.

The technique of making tiles was developed and implemented by the moors in the Iberian Peninsula during the 13th century. At the turn of the 15th century to the 16th century the tile reached Portugal with D. Manuel I.

During the visit, Indira will speak in Portuguese and English. Therefore, you can’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about the Portuguese culture, while improving your Portuguese skills.

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