The National Tile Museum is housed in the 16th century Convent of Madre de Deus, a rather secluded venue which can only be reached by taxi. The museum is worth visiting by force of the fact it is one of a kind in the entire world. The Portuguese have developed a particular form of art consisting of paintings on ceramic tiles striking by the prominence of the blue hues used in rendering sundry scenes.

Tourists who want to get an insight into this form of art, which, for that matter, is worth discovering given its uniqueness, should definitely head for the National Tile Museum where they can admire a work consisting of some 1,300 tiles and measuring 53 meters in length. The work renders the city of Lisbon as it used to look like before the 1755 earthquake, dating back to 1738. Other tile works are also showcased in this museum which, by some visitors’ opinion, is one of the tourist sights not to be missed out once in Lisbon.

Holders of a Lisbon Card can visit the museum for free.

National Tile Museum (Museu Nacional do Azulejo)
4, Rua da Madre Deus, Lisbon, Portugal
00351 218 100340
00351 218 100369
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 6pm
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