Friday, 22 August 2014

Traditional Tiles





















On one of our outings, we came across this wall, which I thought would be of interest for Theresa's meme Good Fences. It also gives me the opportunity to tell you a little about the Portuguese ( azuleijos) tiles, which can be found on the interior and exterior of palaces, churches, ordinary houses, schools, restaurants, and even railway and subway stations.They constitute a major aspect of Portuguese architecture, and are applied on walls, floors, and ceilings. Here they decorate the exterior wall and entrance to a farm, which was built in 1771. It has seen better times, but the tiles remain intact.

GOOD FENCES

23 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

holy smokes! i just kept saying 'wow' all the way through this post! such a grand entrance and i just love those tiles and the life they portray!

susan jane said...

love the tiling, very Portuguese. love Sue

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Wow - what beautiful artistry on display here.

Marie said...

WOW! Now that's what I call Breath-taking! That is the most wonderful gate...and the tiles are exquisite! Now I want to go to Portugal!

Gail Dixon said...

Those art tiles are so amazing!! They look brand new. I wonder what the process was? The entrance gate is fabulous.

Karen S. said...

Oh my this is lovely.

NickMorgan said...

Those tiles are fantastic. I love the tiles in Portugal and Spain.

Frank said...

A fabulous gateway and great to still be able to appreciate the artist's detail on those spectacular tiles.

orchid Miyako said...

Good Morning,Sonija;
What a wonderful architecture (traditional titles) from your country to show us♡♡♡ These scene on the titles give us a glimpse into the life of the family of farmer in 18th century. Very lovely♪♪♪
Sending Lots of Love and Hugs from Japan, xoxo Miyako*

Giga said...

Tiles are beautiful, I like it. :)))

janiceadcock said...

Such talent to create all these beautiful tiles.

Adam said...

cool artwork

Michelle said...

Really beautiful.

Susan (ABON) said...

Very beautiful gate entrance. The artistic tiles are gorgeous and you captured their beauty well :)

Stephanie said...

I want those tiles Breathtaking!! Heart them and love to have the whole fence as well!!! I am a little greedy today hehe... What a lovely post. TQ <3

Maria said...

They are exquisite! I love all the details of all that simple way of life!

stiefbeen said...

Dat moet dan toch wel een hele belangrijke boer geweest zijn .maar de versieringen zijn geweldig mooi.

EG CameraGirl said...

The tiles are super! I love the details. How wonderful that they are still in such great condition.

Noushka said...

Fantastic tiles decorating this entrance!
So different from what I am used to see!
Thanks for sharing, it's really interesting and beautiful!

Mike Attwood said...

Beautiful, but I don't think they would go well in my bathroom.

vitorchuvashortstories said...

Hi Sonjia!

What an interesting way of writing history, through a magnificent collection of wall tiles.

A hug
Vitor

Rita Vaselli said...

Extraordinary photographs of places that I never thought could be so !!! Dear Sonija,thanks for sharing !!!

M said...

Hi Sonjia, very interesting post, I like it very much. Can´t believe they are from 1771, still in god condition. A beautiful way to tell a story or stories. Your pictures are very beautiful too.
I think I´ve seen tiles in blue and white when we vsited Madeira in 2008. Must try to find the pictures from that journey.
Best regards
Monica

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