Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

4.5
#2 of 601 in Museums in Portugal
Housed in the monastery of Madre Deus, Museu Nacional do Azulejo showcases tiles dating back to the 15th century. If you are interested in ceramic tile work or in learning more about a specialty of the region, take the time to visit this museum. Step inside and discover azulejo--the painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tiles. The Moors brought this craft to Portugal, where it has become an essential part of the country's culture. It's typically seen in churches, palaces, homes, and even railway stations. Explore the colorful, decorative exhibits that chronicle historical and cultural events in Portugal throughout the last several centuries. Make Museu Nacional do Azulejo a centerpiece of your Lisbon vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Lisbon trip planning app.
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  • We enjoyed the variety of work on display as well as the carefully presented items. The display was well and clearly explained. We were also impressed by the beauty of the chapel chapel on the...  more »
  • This is a lovely museum, in a most tranquil building. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Special mention must be made of the café which provided an excellent snack beforehand (and with friendly...  more »
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  • Tiles have a long history and tradition in Portugal. Although walking through the streets of the old Lisbon is sufficient to see so many beautiful tiles, this museum takes us to a time travel to the origins of this craft and displays a wide variety of pieces, small to the size of a finger and big to cover entire walls. I spent nearly three hours to see everything in detail and it became one of my favorite cultural places in the city.
  • For sure, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo is one of the highlights of Lisbon. Portuguese tiles from + 400 years ago to today, it not only represents Portuguese handycraft but Portugal itself as well. The interior of the building is a museum on its own. This place deserves its own metro station, however several bus lines stop in front of the spot. The only minus for me was the lack of English descriptions, most is only in Portuguese. Enjoy!
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