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TILE MUSEUM

The art of the azulejo

Tile Museum Despite its somewhat out-of-the-way location, this delightful museum is well worth a visit, presenting five centuries of decorative ceramic tiles or azulejos, tracing the history and production of the art form.

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, Madre de Deus Convent 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.

There's also a good café and a gift shop.

Those interested in tile may also enjoy the 10 most beautiful tile façades in Lisbon and the tile panels in Alfama.

See also the top 10 tiled attractions in the city.

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18th century Lisbon on tiles in the Tile Museum

How to Visit

Where: Rua Madre de Deus, 4
How: Bus 794 from Comercio Square or Taxi.
When: 10AM-6PM (Wed.-Sun.), 2PM-6PM (Tues.) (Closed Mondays)
What: mnazulejo.imc-ip.pt
Entrance: Free admission is possible with the Lisboa Card!

Sights Nearby

Military Museum - A testament to the country's battles.
Doca do Jardim do Tabaco - Sleek restaurants and club on the waterfront.





LISBON MUSEUMS
Calouste Gulbenkian Museum
Ancient Art Museum
Berardo Museum of Modern Art
Design & Fashion Museum
Modern Art Center
The Tile Museum
Coaches Museum
Maritime Museum
Archaeology Museum
Chiado Museum
The City Museum
Orient Museum
Decorative Arts Museum
Anastácio Gonçalves Museum
Medeiros e Almeida Museum
Arpad Szenes-Vieira da Silva Museum
Interactive Science Museum
Carmo Church Archeological Museum
São Roque Sacred Art Museum
Aqueduct-Mãe d'Agua Water Museum
Saint Anthony Church and Museum
Fado Museum
Military Museum
Roman Theater and Museum
Marionette Museum
Outsider Art Museum
Electricity Museum
Lisbon Galleries
Lisbon Museums

LISBON ATTRACTIONS
NEIGHBORHOODS
-Baixa (Downtown)
-Bairro Alto & Chiado
-Belem
-Alfama
-Parque das Nações
-Uptown

CASTLES & FORTRESSES
-Saint George's Castle
-Belem Tower

PALACES
-Ajuda Palace
-Fronteira Palace
-Belem Palace
-São Bento Palace

MUSEUMS
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HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE
-Discoveries Monument
-Santa Justa Elevator
-Rossio Station
-Casa dos Bicos
-25th of April Bridge
-Monument to Christ
-São Carlos Theater
-The Aqueduct
-Campo Pequeno
-Roman Theater Ruins

MODERN ARCHITECTURE
-Vasco da Gama Bridge
-Vasco da Gama Tower
-Oriente Station
-Portugal Pavilion
-Atlantic Pavilion
-Belem Cultural Center
-Lisbon Casino
-Oceanarium
MAIN STREETS & SQUARES
-Comercio Square
-Rossio Square
-Rua Augusta
-Municipal Square
-Camões Square
-Figueira Square
-Rua Portas Santo Antão
-Restauradores Square
-Avenida da Liberdade
-Marquês de Pombal Square

CHURCHES
-Jeronimos Monastery
-Carmo Convent
-São Roque Church
-Estrela Basilica
-The Cathedral
-São Vicente de Fora Monastery
-National Pantheon
-Saint Anthony Church
-Graça Church
-Conceição Velha Church
-São Domingos Church
-Memoria Church
PARKS & GARDENS
-Edward VII Park
-Tropical Garden
-Miradouro São Pedro Alcântara
-Miradouro de Santa Catarina
-Botanical Garden
-Estrela Gardens
-Ajuda Botanical Garden
-Principe Real
-Santa Luzia
-Portas do Sol
-Docas
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-MUSEUMS
-ITINERARIES
-VIEWPOINTS
-BEACHES
-KIDS & FAMILY Attractions
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