Lisboa – Museu Nacional do Azulejo

This morning we visited the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum) at Rua da Madre de Deus 4. The museum is dedicated to the azulejo, a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin- or polychrome-glazed ceramic tiles.

Lisboa, as the world’s tile capital, and having the only museum dedicated to the art of tile painting, holds exceptional masterpieces and enables easy and close access to them, perhaps because of the durability of the materials.

Azulejo are found on the interior and exterior of churches, palaces, homes, schools, restaurants, bars and train stations. They were not only used as an ornamental art form but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control in homes. Many azulejo chronicle major historical and cultural aspects of Portuguese history.

The museum occupies the former Convento do Madre Deus (Mother of God Convent), founded by Queen Leonor in 1509, itself a building with tile-clad features.

Here is a selection of our photographs of the azulejo on exhibition at the museum:


2 thoughts on “Lisboa – Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s