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Lisbon Tiles and Tales: Tile Workshop and Private Tour Including National Tile Museum
"Everyone saw or heard about the beautiful tiles (Azulejos) in Lisbon and Portugal. This kind of art has a very long History in Portugal and is a heritage of the Arabic occupation of the Iberian Peninsula.Start this tour heading South of Lisbon to the gorgeous region of Azeitão where you’ll visit the well-known workshop of ""Azulejos de Azeitão"". There you’ll be able to learn how tiles are made and were made in the past as old techniques are still used to replicate the artwork of our ancestors.After learning the basics about the art you’ll have the chance of painting your own tile
From EUR50.00
 
City Sightseeing Lisbon Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
"Lisbon is a city of contrasts and you can experience both the historic and cosmopolitan parts of the city on a choice of two routes.You will discover the city's sights at your own leisure including the cultural quarter of Belem the Marques do Pombal Square the Tower Vasco da Gama and the Lisbon Ocenarium built in 1998 for the international exhibition.City Sightseeing buses run every half an hour so you can customize your own tour by hopping on and off at any stop as many times as you like.Your ticket is valid on both routes to cover all the sights you would like to visit! Each route makes frequent stops - simply hop off where you want to and return to any stop to continue your tour."
From EUR19.00
 
Lisbon e-Bike Tour - Eastside of the City
"Ride through Martim Moniz Square overlooking Saint George’s Castle Lisbon! Continue through Baixa the heart of the city with elegant squares typical streets cafes and shops; Alfama the oldest district of Lisbon
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo Tips (41)

National Tile Museum, part V.

That wonderful museum is billeted in the building of former Convent of the God Mother. The Convent was founded in 1509 by the Dowager Queen Eleanor (1458-1525) and she was the widow of the King Joao II. That’s why monastery although not luxurious but decorated in the Munuelino style so typical for the Portuguese Architecture of the first quarter of XVI century. That museum tell’s you the story of traditional Iberian art of decorative tiles. It typical Moorish art was firstly adopted and developed by the artisans of Christian Kingdoms. Then typical national schools appeared. This museum makes you familiar to the Portuguese Azulejo Art. You can see the oldest examples of those tiles made in XV-th century. You can learn the technology and even think about to open your own workshop! That place is worth to visit and I can insist that nobody can understand Portuguese culture without at least basic notion about the art of azulejo! Azulejos are everywhere in Portugal and they make our life more beautiful!
There is church in the Convent and it survived the earthquake of 1755. Church decorated with giant azulejos panels.

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Apr 10, 2013

National Tile Museum, part IV (Church)

That wonderful museum is billeted in the building of former Convent of the God Mother. The Convent was founded in 1509 by the Dowager Queen Eleanor (1458-1525) and she was the widow of the King Joao II. That’s why monastery although not luxurious but decorated in the Munuelino style so typical for the Portuguese Architecture of the first quarter of XVI century. That museum tell’s you the story of traditional Iberian art of decorative tiles. It typical Moorish art was firstly adopted and developed by the artisans of Christian Kingdoms. Then typical national schools appeared. This museum makes you familiar to the Portuguese Azulejo Art. You can see the oldest examples of those tiles made in XV-th century. You can learn the technology and even think about to open your own workshop! That place is worth to visit and I can insist that nobody can understand Portuguese culture without at least basic notion about the art of azulejo! Azulejos are everywhere in Portugal and they make our life more beautiful!
There is church in the Convent and it survived the earthquake of 1755. Church decorated with giant azulejos panels.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h am to 18h pm. Last entry at 17h30 pm.
Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day.
Fee:
Normal ticket: 5 €

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Apr 08, 2013

National Tile Museum, part III.

That wonderful museum is billeted in the building of former Convent of the God Mother. The Convent was founded in 1509 by the Dowager Queen Eleanor (1458-1525) and she was the widow of the King Joao II. That’s why monastery although not luxurious but decorated in the Munuelino style so typical for the Portuguese Architecture of the first quarter of XVI century. That museum tell’s you the story of traditional Iberian art of decorative tiles. It typical Moorish art was firstly adopted and developed by the artisans of Christian Kingdoms. Then typical national schools appeared. This museum makes you familiar to the Portuguese Azulejo Art. You can see the oldest examples of those tiles made in XV-th century. You can learn the technology and even think about to open your own workshop! That place is worth to visit and I can insist that nobody can understand Portuguese culture without at least basic notion about the art of azulejo! Azulejos are everywhere in Portugal and they make our life more beautiful!

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h am to 18h pm. Last entry at 17h30 pm.
Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day.
Fee:
Normal ticket: 5 €

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Apr 08, 2013

National Tile Museum, part II.

That wonderful museum is billeted in the building of former Convent of the God Mother. The Convent was founded in 1509 by the Dowager Queen Eleanor (1458-1525) and she was the widow of the King Joao II. That’s why monastery although not luxurious but decorated in the Munuelino style so typical for the Portuguese Architecture of the first quarter of XVI century. That museum tell’s you the story of traditional Iberian art of decorative tiles. It typical Moorish art was firstly adopted and developed by the artisans of Christian Kingdoms. Then typical national schools appeared. This museum makes you familiar to the Portuguese Azulejo Art. You can see the oldest examples of those tiles made in XV-th century. You can learn the technology and even think about to open your own workshop! That place is worth to visit and I can insist that nobody can understand Portuguese culture without at least basic notion about the art of azulejo! Azulejos are everywhere in Portugal and they make our life more beautiful!

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h am to 18h pm. Last entry at 17h30 pm.
Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day.
Fee:
Normal ticket: 5 €

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Apr 08, 2013
 
 
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National Tile Museum.

That wonderful museum is billeted in the building of former Convent of the God Mother. The Convent was founded in 1509 by the Dowager Queen Eleanor (1458-1525) and she was the widow of the King Joao II. That’s why monastery although not luxurious but decorated in the Munuelino style so typical for the Portuguese Architecture of the first quarter of XVI century. That museum tell’s you the story of traditional Iberian art of decorative tiles. It typical Moorish art was firstly adopted and developed by the artisans of Christian Kingdoms. Then typical national schools appeared. This museum makes you familiar to the Portuguese Azulejo Art. You can see the oldest examples of those tiles made in XV-th century. You can learn the technology and even think about to open your own workshop! That place is worth to visit and I can insist that nobody can understand Portuguese culture without at least basic notion about the art of azulejo! Azulejos are everywhere in Portugal and they make our life more beautiful!

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Sunday from 10h am to 18h pm. Last entry at 17h30 pm.
Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day.
Fee:
Normal ticket: 5 €

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Apr 08, 2013

Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, Part VII.

One of the most famous and valuable master pieces is the Hieronymus Bosch’s “Temptation (or temptations) of St. Anthony”. This is the often-repeated subject in history of art and literature, concerning the supernatural temptation reportedly faced by Saint Anthony the Great during his sojourn in the Egyptian desert.

The right wing shows the scene with Saint Anthony in Meditation. The whore stands in front of the Saint and trying to seduce him but Saint Anthony is in deep meditation and doesn’t pay any attention to that seductress and other demons of this world. This is the triumph of faith.

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Feb 15, 2013

Museu Nacional do Azulejo (Tile Museum)

Tiles, especially in the color blue are a way of life in Portugal, you will see them everywhere. Used as decorations for everything, from the walls of staircases, to the lintel above a door or even the kitchen sink, they enter every level of life here. Hence the Tile Museum.
They have some excellent displays that explain also the making of the tiles themselves as well as the colors used. In addition they have taken the musuem one step further, they have made excellent use of BRAILLE so that those who cannot see, CAN, in at least a small way enjoy the vibrance of the Portugese tiles.
You can find a nice pamphlet on the museum at:
http://www.turismodeportugal.pt/PORTUGU%8AS/AREASACTIVIDADE/PRODUTOSEDESTINOS/Documents/15%20-%20Museu%20do%20Azulejo.pdf

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Nov 03, 2011

Museu Nacional do Azulejo (National Tile Museum)

Azulejo is the name we give to glazed ceramic tiles, and are a noble expressions and a very important element in the Portuguese decorative arts. Actually this is the kind of art that you will see disseminate throughout the streets of Lisbon, and the entire country -inside and outside churches, palaces, ordinary houses and even train stations or subway stations. They constitute a major aspect of Portuguese architecture as they are applied on walls, floors and even ceilings. Moreover, they are not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control at homes.

Nevertheless, to fully understand the evolution of the tiles, either as decorative art and as element of building covering, and the craftsmanship that goes into making them, this museum is definitely the place to visit.
Its collection is the only of its kind in the world, and contains a splendid array of tiles from as early as the 15th century. Displays range from individual glazed tiles to elaborate pictorial panels. Along with the azulejos there are displays on the techniques used to make them. The name originates from the arab, al zulej (tile or tiled floor), and you will see how complex was the evolution of the tile making from the Moorish production to modern industry.

The five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles, tracing the history and production of the art form are housed in the monastic buildings of the Madre de Deus (Mother of God) Convent (built in 1509), which after renovation following the 1755 earthquake had its interior turned into one of the most magnificent in the city.
The highlight of the museum is a blue and white composition (on the cloister) of approx. 1300 tiles, 30m in length, of Lisbon's Panorama, a detailed study of the cityscape and waterfront, made in 1738 (prior to the 1755 earthquake), and reputedly the country's longest tile piece.

The richly furnished convent church contains some sights of its own. The splendor and opulence of the chapel dedicated to St. Anthony and the chapter house is particularly impressive. Noteworthy amid the rich decoration are panels in the ceiling with gilt frames set with paintings, including portraits of King João III and his queen, Catherine of Austria. Several other glorious paintings in the church depict the life of saints, and filling the main vault are scenes from the Life of the Virgin. This is a place I come from time to time to listen classic music concerts.

Don’t leave without visiting the café-snack bar both to admire the tiles and taste the yummy cookies, and the gift shop that sells tile reproductions -a very good souvenir from your Lisbon’s visit.

Despite its somewhat out-of-the-way location this delightful museum is well worth a visit. Although it is best reached by taxi, the place is served with some regular city buses

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Tiles Museum

Tiles Museum is a bit out of the way. Between Downtown and Parque das Nações (Oriente area) not far from the harbour area this is a must you have to go to. First because there aren't many cities in the world that use tiles as much as Lisbon and for so many years. So it isn't very easy to find elsewhere a museum with the amount and quality of the objects displayed either ancient or modern. But if the collection and the way of produce a tile doesn't appeal to you go and check the building, particularly the gorgeous chapel, all in gold and tiles and some interesting patios inside what used to be a convent. Other point of interest is the huge tile set of the city of Lisbon before the earthquake. The museum is free every sunday until 14:00 like all national museums and in normal days costs 4€ (there are also passes for the museums). The museum is closed at mondays and thuesday morning.
Bus 718, 742 and 792 get you there.

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Apr 04, 2011

Museu Nacional do Azulejo - The Tile Museum

Its collection is the only of its kind in the world, and contains a splendid array of tiles from as early as the 15th century along with displays on how they're made. It is housed in the monastic buildings of the Madre de Deus Convent, which after renovation following the Great Earthquake had its interior turned into one of the most magnificent in the city. The splendor and opulence of the chapel dedicated to St. Anthony and the chapter house is particularly impressive. Noteworthy amid the rich decoration are panels in the ceiling with gilt frames set with paintings, including portraits of King João III and his queen, Catherine of Austria. Several other glorious paintings in the church depict the life of saints, and filling the main vault are scenes from the Life of the Virgin.

The highlight of the museum is a blue and white composition of 1300 tiles, 23m (75ft) in length, of Lisbon's cityscape made in 1738, prior to the Great Earthquake, and reputedly the country's longest tile piece.

Open:
Tuesday: 14:00 to 18:00
Wednesday to Sunday: 10:00 to 18:00

Closed:
Mondays, Easter Sunday, New Year, 1 May and 25 December

Prices



Normal – €3

Discounts
Visitors aged between 15 and 25 – €1.50
Over 65 – €1.50
Teachers – €1.50
Cartão Jovem – €1.20

Free entry
Visitors aged under 14
Holders of the Lisboa Card
Members: Amigos do Museu Nacional do Azulejo, ICOM, ANBA, APOM, Sponsors
Sundays and public holidays before 14:00
Accredited journalists

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Apr 04, 2011

Museu do Azulejo - Tile Museum

1509
Queen Leonor founds the Madre de Deus convent, occupied by Discalced Franciscans from the first rule of St. Clare.
The convent, which also belonged to the queen’s household, subsequently underwent magnificent architectural and luxurious decorative programmes. It owned an outstanding legacy of jewellery and works of art that was assembled over several centuries.
The ground floor of the Claustrim and the Queen Leonor Chapel (or Arabic Room) date from the foundation of the convent.
1551
King João III orders the start of a construction programme supervised by royal architect Diogo de Torralva.
C. 1698
Decoration work on the nave in the church. Dutch painter Willem van der Kloet was commissioned to produce tile panels.
1746-1759
Major construction work is carried out during the reigns of King João V and King José, financed by the gold brought from Brazil. They were covered in gilded carvings, tiles, paintings, polychrome marbles and exotic woods, turning the convent into one of the most exuberantly Baroque buildings in Portugal.
1746-1750
Construction of the new sacristy in the church.
1834
Suppression of the religious orders in Portugal.
1867
The building is acquired by the state and annexed to the Maria Pia Sanatorium, when Church property is sold off.
1871
Definitive closure of the convent after the death of the last nun.
1872
The start of construction work at the convent using a project by José Maria Nepomuceno to adapt the monastic buildings to a sanatorium and to install a small museum.

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Apr 04, 2011

The Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)

The Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo) is a museum dedicated to Portuguese tiles. It is housed in an old convent and features exhibits about the manufacturing and decoration of tiles, as well as numerous rooms adorned with various murals made out of glazed tiles. The highlights of the museum are a tile mural featuring a view of Lisbon before the 1755 earthquake and the convent's gorgeous church, which is decorated with tile murals and paintings.

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Apr 04, 2011

Things to Do Near Museu Nacional do Azulejo

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Castelo de São Jorge

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Getting to Museu Nacional do Azulejo

Address

Rua Madre Deus 4, 1900-312 Lisboa

Hours

  • Sunday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Wednesday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Thursday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Friday 10:00 to 18:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 18:00

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