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The National Tile Museum enjoys a beautiful setting within the cloisters of the 16th-century Convento da Madre de Deus in the eastern suburbs of the city. This is one of Portugal's most important... Read More
The National Tile Museum enjoys a beautiful setting within the cloisters of the 16th-century Convento da Madre de Deus in the eastern suburbs of the city. This is one of Portugal's most important cultural institutions and as such visitors often include animated groups of school kids eager to learn more about this unique art form. The museum houses an outstanding collection of decorative panels and tiles (azulejos) including rare early 15th-century examples that borrow Moorish design influences for their pattern. Other pieces draw on Italian, Spanish and Flemish decorative techniques. The patterns and figurative compositions that define 17th-century Portuguese tilework – the blue and white azulejos that embellish many of Lisbon's religious buildings, historic monuments, some restaurants and even one or two caf�s – will be more familiar to the eye.
- Best for Museums Because: Portugal's finest collection of tile work is exhibited here at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.
- Best for Attractions near Cruise Port Because: Sited in Lisbon's eastern suburbs means that the National Tile Museum is nearer to Santa Apolónia cruise port than the city centre.
- Best for Family-Friendly Museums Because: A tour of the museum also takes in the neighbouring Madre de Deus church, renowned for its dazzling gilded wood interior and elaborate altarpiece.