Tiles lost forever

Although buildings covered with tiles in Portugal are one of the most beautiful heritages of the world and, since 2017, are protected by law (n.º 79/2017), many of them are being removed due to remodeling works.

To warn about this cultural crimes, we are making a compilation of these cases.

Embora os edifícios revestidos com azulejos em Portugal sejam um dos patrimónios mais bonitos do mundo e que desde 2017 são protegidos pela lei (nº79/2017), muitos deles estão a perder os azulejos nas obras de reabilitação.

Para alertar sobre estes crimes culturais estamos a compilar alguns destes casos.

Rua de São Brás 62, Porto

Thanks to Francisco Queiroz for finding these removed tiles.

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Francisco Queiroz

DETAIL OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

Francisco Queiroz
Francisco Queiroz

LOCATION

Palacio dos Príncipes

RUA DE CEDOFEITA 141, PORTO

These tiles were placed in the building in the beginning of XX Century. Made in Carvalhinho Factory.

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Predibisa

DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

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Palacio-Principes_4

LOCATION

Rua das Flores 79, Porto

This building is in the Historic Center of the city, classified by UNESCO.

“The entire Historic Centre of Oporto is classified as a National Monument under Law No. 107/2001 of 8 September.”

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Predibisa

DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

Flores-79_3
Arquivo Municipal do Porto

LOCATION

Rua da Firmeza 107, Porto

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DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

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Example design of the original tiles
Example design of the original tiles

LOCATION

Rua de Santo Ildefonso 233, Porto

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DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

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Example design of the original tiles

LOCATION

Rua de Dom João IV 46, Porto

Here all the original tiles have been removed and replaced by replicas.

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DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

Rua de Dom João IV 46_3
Rua de Dom João IV 46_4

LOCATION

Rua da Picaria, Porto

BEFORE

AFTER

Francisco Queiroz

DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

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Example design of the original tiles
Example design of the original tiles

LOCATION

Rua de Diogo Botelho 588, Porto

BEFORE

Alerta - Aldoar, Foz do Douro e Nevogilde (Facebook)

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Alerta - Aldoar, Foz do Douro e Nevogilde (Facebook)

DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL TILES

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