One of the most representative art forms of the Portuguese cultural heritage. The renowned blue hand painted tiles reflect a tradition with hundreds of years, and it often portray scenes from the history of the country or its fabulous sights.
Azulejo is usually a clay or ceramic plate piece, generally with a square shape decorated with glazed colorful designs, and repeated hundreds to a few thousand times. It is used as wall covering decoration, being linked to architectural use, covering a large surface areas on both the inside and outside of buildings. The majority of tiles illustrates Moorish designs which have curvilinear, lacelike and looping designs, or even have geometric or floral motifs.
Originally, azulejos appeared in Portugal under the Moorish people in the XV century. Although there are many people who claimed the word is a derivation of “azul”, the Portuguese word for “blue”; the word originally Arabic and comes from az-zulayj, translated as “polished stone”. Since then, the country has been using the art uninterrupted for over five centuries, meaning it is already part of the Portuguese soul, earning the recognition of the most meaningful place for the timeless skill.