About

Os Azulejos do Porto is a non-profit initiative dedicated to the meticulous cataloging and preservation of all facade tiles in Porto. 

Established in June 2016 by Alba Plaza and Marisa Ferreira, the project is a testament to their commitment to safeguarding this invaluable heritage and sharing it with a global audience. Given the vast array of unique tiles, the project remains in a state of continuous expansion.

All photographs are captured in high definition using a professional camera and undergo digital editing to faithfully reproduce the closest colors to reality.

In addition to extensive photographic documentation, the project involves comprehensive research on the tiles, the factories responsible for their production, techniques employed, and various influences.

Since the mid-19th century, Portugal has adorned its buildings with tiles, making it the world leader in this art form. Despite the significance of this cultural expression, it wasn’t until 2017 that century-old tiles received formal protection. Nevertheless, many of these remarkable tiles are still at risk of destruction due to ongoing urban renovations.

The significance of OS AZULEJOS DO PORTO lies not only in its documentation but also in its proactive preservation efforts. By shedding light on these beautiful tiles and the rich history they embody, the project strives to ensure the enduring legacy of Porto’s architectural treasures.

Gazete Azulejos

To sustain and keep this catalog active, we established Gazete Azulejos in February 2018—a workshop dedicated to tile painting and research.

Within the atelier, we employ traditional techniques to hand-paint tiles, craft replicas for buildings in need of restoration, and promote this cultural heritage by conducting tile painting workshops. These sessions aim to teach both the traditional techniques and the history behind these intricate tiles.

Support the project

If you’d like to contribute to the project, you can do so by visiting our donation page.

Additionally, you can actively participate in the project by sending us pictures of tiles that haven’t been cataloged yet. Simply use the form provided to share your contributions.

Copyright

All images appearing on the following addresses (https://azulejosporto.pt, https://www.facebook.com/azulejosporto, https://www.instagram.com/azulejosporto/) unless noted otherwise, are exclusive property of Marisa Ferreira & Alba Plaza and are protected under Portuguese and International Copyright laws.

Duplication, processing, distribution, manipulation or any form of commercialization of such material shall require the prior written consent of the authors.

These copyright laws impose substantial penalties for infringement, and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

For information about reproduction rights and rates, for any of the images contained within this site, please contact the page administrators through the following email address: azulejosporto@gmail.com.