Artistic 16th century tiles at the Convent of Christ in Tomar

There is a long tradition in Portugal of using ceramic tiles. These tiles are called Azulejos in Portuguese, and since the middle ages it has been the most widely used method of decoration in my country of origin. These tiles are glazed by hand individually and hand painted, which makes them valuable pieces of art. The Azulejos (tiles) seen at these photos are from the Convent of Christ in Tomar which were decorated with 16th century tiles.

Tiles on a bench outside the Convent of Christ in the City of Tomar in Portugal

This is a bench in the gardens of the Convent of Christ and the Castle of Tomar. These benches are all decorated with 16th century tiles, glazed and painted by hand

 

16th Century tiles at the Convent of Christ in the City of Tomar

These are artisitic Portuguese azulejos (ceramic tiles) inside the Convent of Christ in the Tomar. Crossing that door leads you into a balcony where you can see one of the cloisters in the convent

 

Tiled wall at the Convent of Christ in Tomar, Portugal

This is a corridor inside the Convent of Christ in the City of Tomar. Entire walls in the convent are decorated with 16th century traditional azulejos (tiles) of Portugal

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