Lifestyle

Story Tiles

Edition 50 — 07.03.2022 • 13.03.2022
Frederico Draw, Viseu

Each tile tells a story. Tiles are part of the Portuguese identity, embellishing the country from North to South. A testimony of the enduring influence of the Arab culture and heritage in Portugal. They can be colourful, historical and artistic. All of them with a common denominator: showing the underlining importance of cultural miscegenation in the definition of the country.

This week's edition will lead you across the dazzling world of tiles in the region of Center of Portugal. From the coastline to the inland, there is a whole exciting tile legacy to unveil.

In Óbidos, we will show you the breathtaking Santa Maria Church, a true reference in Portuguese tile history.

Coimbra was in ancient times the capital of the Portuguese kingdom and continues to be an icon of History and knowledge, home of the oldest Universities in Europe. The Church of Santa Cruz is a National Pantheon that strikes its visitors with its amazing tiles.

The fairy-tale Bussaco Palace is one of the most enchanting historical hotels in Portugal. Its walls are beautifully covered in tiles, telling the stories of the Portuguese History.

In the surroundings of Viseu, namely in the wine-producing noble village of Santar, we will guide you across its incredible gardens and unique tiles of Casa de Santar that belong to the Counts of Santar.

Aveiro, an art nouveau city that houses many iconic examples of the endless beauty of Portuguese tiles. The Art Nouveau Museum is certainly an inspiring example of the never-ending beauty of Portuguese tiles!

And finally, Ovar, near Aveiro, is a genuine open-air tile museum ! Its charming houses embellished by the most colourful tiles, in a profusion of patterns and motifs, make it a must-see stop on your tile tour, along with the amazing Válega Church, unusually covered in tiles of many colours.

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