Azulejos tiles

Azulejos tiles

A closer look at some of the classic blue azulejos tiles which are so iconic to Portugal. This particular example is very well known and can be found on the side of the Igreja do Carmo in Porto. The tiles were painted by Carlos Branco to a design by Silvestre Silvestri and are more recent than most people think. The actual Baroque style church was built in the 1750s but the tiles, for which it is best known, were only added in 1912.

The design on the tiles is said to reflect the founding of the Carmelite Order on Mount Carmel.


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