Tiles are one of the oldest forms of decorative art. The name “Azulejo” derives from the Arabic word “Al-zulaij” which means small polished stone. In Portugal designates a ceramic square with one of the sides glazed and decorated.
The portuguese tiles was recently considered by the known New York Times as one of the 12 treasures of Europe.
This art form is of particular importance in our country due to the longevity of its use, which is more than five centuries, through its use of architectural coatings inside buildings and façades, their technical properties and visual richness.
The decorative tile is assumed as an important form of artistic expression of Portuguese culture.
If you want to know all about the history of this art, visit the National Tile Museum.
The National Tile Museum is one of the most important national museums with its unique collection of tiles and also the odd building in which it is installed, former Madre de Deus Convent, founded in 1509 by Queen Leonor.
Its collections allow you to make a trip through history, from the fifteenth century to the present.