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Portuguese decorative tile motifs

These decorative motifs are found in the Church of Marvilla in Santarem, Portugal. The church, founded in the 12C by King Afonso Henriques after the conquest of Santarém over the Moors in 1147, was remodelled in the 16C. The interior is covered with azulejos.

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The story behind Lisbon’s beauty

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