Ceramic tiles are an important part of Portugal’s culture and history. As an invited guest on the #VikingSocial Portugal’s Rivers of Gold cruise, I took an optional tour that included a visit Lisbon’s National Tile Museum where I learned how ceramic tiles are made and saw quite an impressive display of tiles, some dating back to 1738.

Tiles inside the National Tile Museum

Some of the tiles on display inside Lisbon’s National Tile Museum

Lisbon's National Tile Museum

The museum is housed inside the former Madres de Deus Convent.  The outside is quite beautiful.

Chapel of St. Anthony

The convent’s ornate Chapel of St. Anthony is part of the tour and is quite impressive.

The tour concluded with a workshop where I was able to make my own ceramic tile. I chose to do a picture Dudley, of my daughter’s first pet cocker spaniel, mainly because it’s about the only thing I can draw.  Counterclockwise below are pictures of the stages of the tile making process, the work station for workshop participants, some finished tiles for sale in the gift shop, and my picture of Dudley awaiting the kiln where it will be returned to me bright and shiny.

tile making workshop

Learning how tiles are made and getting a chance to do it in a tile making workshop

All photographs in this post were taken with a  HTC-one-M9 smartphone provided to me by Verizon Wireless. #VZWBuzz

What is the most interesting museum you’ve ever visited? 

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