Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Museum in Lisbon
Step into the Azulejos Museum and immerse yourself in the vibrant colors of Portuguese tiles. Housed within the former Madre de Deus convent, this unique museum offers an enlightening exploration of the history of tile art in Portugal. Lisbon’s alluring tiles, which adorn facades, streets, and metro stations, are a significant characteristic of the city’s charm, making the existence of a tile museum unsurprising. The National Azulejo Museum, or Museu Nacional do Azulejo in Portuguese, features a permanent exhibition that chronicles the history of Portuguese tiles from the 16th century to the present day. The museum’s collection ranges from tiny fragments to striking panels depicting Lisbon before the devastating earthquake of 1700, showcasing beautiful tiles of various shapes and origins. The subjects depicted on the tiles are diverse, encompassing geometric patterns, religious figures, and everyday objects.
Visiting Museu Nacional do Azulejo