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Museu Nacional do Azulejo, Lisbon

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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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  • Fascinating history of tile production in Lisbon, along with so many excellent examples of tile work. Also has a floor dedicated to the young people keeping this proud tradition alive and evolving... 
    Fascinating history of tile production in Lisbon, along with so many excellent examples of tile work. Also has a floor dedicated to the young people keeping this proud tradition alive and evolving...  more »
  • We made it a point to visit the tile museum while visiting Lisbon. Tile is an important aesthetic in Portugal and the museum was highly rated. On the plus side, there were some very impressive... 
    We made it a point to visit the tile museum while visiting Lisbon. Tile is an important aesthetic in Portugal and the museum was highly rated. On the plus side, there were some very impressive...  more »
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  • This is included on the Lisboa card. It's a little out of the way but worth the trip on the bus. I'm giving it five stars mainly because of the glorious church that you enter about half way through your visit. It wouldn't be out of place in Versailles. The rest of the museum is interesting and many of the tile displays are impressive (especially the panorama of Lisbon towards the end), but it doesn't quite live up to the church. There is a small (somewhat disappointing) gift shop on site as well as toilets and a fairly reasonably priced cafe that has a pleasant garden area.
  • The museum was super sweet once you get inside and there is more than just tiles. Some of the paintings and other stuff inside is incredible. The only down side is the location, kind of hard to get there and away from it. Was able to get student discount here and that definitely made it worth it.

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