renaissance ceramic tiles
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Azulejos de uma pequena capela/santuário, em Faro (Algarve - Portugal)
Typical ceramic tiles on the wall of a small chapel/sanctuary, in Faro (Algarve - Portugal)
The "azulejos" are a typical form of Portuguese and Spanish painted, tin-glazed, ceramic tilework. They have become a typical aspect of Portuguese culture, manifesting without interruption during five centuries the consecutive trends in art.
Wherever one goes in Portugal, azulejos are to be found inside and outside churches, palaces, ordinary houses and even train stations or subway stations. They constitute a major aspect of Portuguese architecture as they are applied on walls, floors and even ceilings. They were not only used as an ornamental art form, but also had a specific functional capacity like temperature control at homes. Many azulejos chronicle major historical and cultural aspects of Portuguese history.
-- from Wikipedia
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