Tonnes of tiles

This post is mainly dedicated to the joy that is the Azulejo. This is a form of Spanish and Portuguese painted tin-glazed ceramic tilework.

Ornate Azulejos are found everywhere – on churches, palaces, homes, restaurants, bars and even subway stations.

They are not only used as an ornamental art form but also act as a form of temperature control in homes, keeping them cool in the hot summers.

The word azulejo is derived from the Arabic az-zulayj meaning “polished stone”.

Seville became a hotbed for the tile industry with potters from Italy established workshops there in the 16th century.

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Over the centuries the Spanish love affair with these highly decorative tiles has grown and grown until they are a ubiquitous sight around the country.

 

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