I started my azulejos collection when traveling in Sintra. Well, photos of azulejos that is. They’re heavy and usually attached to buildings, so it’s not too easy to “collect” them otherwise. These beautiful tiles are so prevalent in this country that, to me, they will always evoke Portugal.

The variety of styles and colors is part of what makes them fun to collect. These two came from the Moorish fountain in Sintra.


Built in 1922 by José da Fonseca, this is the most eye-catching fountain I saw in my travels.


Four different patterned azulejos decorate the fountain, but I only collected two. (Why? What was I thinking? Must go back and get the others!)


If you would like to learn more about azulejos, check out this wikipedia article here.


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