Os Azulejos do Porto is a non-profit project to catalogue and preserve all the facade tiles in Porto.
It was created in June 2016 by Alba Plaza and Marisa Ferreira as a way to preserve this important heritage and make it known worldwide. Considering the vast number of different tiles that exist, it is a project in constant growth.
All photographs are shot with a camera in HD and digitally edited to achieve the closest colors to reality.
The project also includes important research work on these tiles, the factories that produced them, the techniques, influences, etc.
Since the middle of the 19th century the Portuguese started to cover their buildings with tiles, becoming since then the country in the world that has more examples of this art.
The importance of this project lies in its preservation work. It is only since 2017 that these century-old tiles are protected and yet there are many that are being destroyed due to the remodeling of the city.
To support this catalogue and keep it active in February 2018 we created the side project Gazete Azulejos, an atelier for tile painting and research.
In it we paint tiles using traditional techniques, make replicas for buildings that need some missing pieces and we promote this heritage by giving tile painting workshops to teach traditional techniques and their history.
Support the project
If you want to support the project you can do so through our donation page.
You can also take part in the project sending us pictures of tiles that we don’t have yet catalogued through this form.
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We are also collaborating with Az – Rede de Investigação em Azulejo (Azulejo Research Network) a research group of ARTIS – Instituto de História da Arte da Faculdade de Letras da Universidade de Lisboa, within the project Cataloguing Portuguese tile patterns.