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National Tile Museum, Lisbon

Categories: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
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Housed in the monastery of Madre Deus, National Tile Museum showcases tiles dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in ceramic tile work or in learning more about a specialty of the region, take the time to visit this museum. Step inside and discover azulejo--the painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tiles. The Moors brought this craft to Portugal, where it has become an essential part of the country's culture. It's typically seen in churches, palaces, homes, and even railway stations. Explore the colorful, decorative exhibits that chronicle historical and cultural events in Portugal throughout the last several centuries. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to National Tile Museum by using our Lisbon travel itinerary planner.
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  • a museum well laid out with a very informative training paths of the first tiles to more modern works. A reconstruction through a giant mural of Lisboa's evolution over time! Superb
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  • It's a interesting museum because it has sensory tiles, which is interesting, since each tile has a different finish. It's kind of exhausting, because it ends up being all very similar to what we see on the street, but it's worth a visit for that part.
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  • Doesn't seem what is, stunning, beautiful, and by the exhibition space. The Church beautiful tb and Rico in history and art
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  • This museum is located northeast of outside of Alfama area, the public transportation is not so easy, need to ask locals which bus to take or check the bus map; there are more buses at the main road can reach close by, only take 5 minutes walk to get the museum. The building is hide behind a railroad wall, hard to see it on the street, may need to ask locals. Inside the museum display different period of tiles and ceramic decorations from Moors through Spanish influence and the development of Portugal's own style. The museum connected to a stunning Baroque decoration church.
  • Don't let the (unglamourous) name or distance put you off, this is a very educational and visually exciting look into one of Portugal's most notable art forms. To boot, there is a beautiful gilded chapel housed within, and temporary collections of other ceramic art.
  • This is definitely a must visit! Has great pieces of azulejo. It also has an amazing Church inside full of details. And to end the visit by the gift shop there is a nice coffee shop with a great environment. (Also free at the first Sunday of the month)
  • A must to in Lisbon. Explore the surrounded area and if it´s lunch time visit the restaurant "Tribo da Terra" Enjoy of a great and a unique day in this abandoned but really authentic Lisbon area.
  • Azulejos tipicamente portugueses.
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