The story behind Lisbon’s beauty | via BBC Travel | 24/05/2014 Azulejos first came to Portugal in the 15th Century, when parts of the Iberian Peninsula were still under Moorish rule. Although many assume the word is a derivation of azul (Portuguese for “blue”), the word is Arabic in origin and comes from az-zulayj, which roughly translates as “polished stone”. #Portugal
Portugal museums: Patchworks of Lisbon - via Sydney Morning Herald 24.05.2014 | A night on the tiles takes on a whole new meaning for David Whitley. A whim takes over on the train from the airport. Oriente station looks so bright and fascinating, that it's worth getting out way before the right stop. The station is awash in coloured tiles. Photo: Building blocks: tile art at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo.