August 6, 2022

Rua do Monsenhor Manuel Marinho 24, Porto

This post is a warning about buildings that are losing their centenary tiles in Porto

Although tiled buildings in Portugal are one of the world’s most valuable heritages, they have only been protected by law since 2017 (n.º 79/2017). Many of these tiles have been destroyed and continue to be so today.

We need your help to expose more cases like these. If you know of any building in Porto that has lost its tiles contact us here.

Rua do Monsenhor Manuel Marinho 24, Porto

Quite unique tiles, probably from the 19th century, painted using templates and with hand-painted details. They were all destroyed and replaced by replicas.

We reported the situation to SOS Azulejo who managed to clarify the reason for the removal of tiles. The remodeling license was given months before the approval of the law that protects tiled facades (n.º 79/2017), so it was legal.

Before / Credit Google
Detail of the removed tiles
Original tiles destroyed / Credit ?
After
Detail of the new replicas

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