Alentejo Art and Architecture

I can’t possibly sit down here

The tiles are far too beautiful!

As promised in my post a few days ago when we had a peep at the azulejos inside the Royal Basilica here are even more lovely azulejos. They are all covering the numerous stone seats lining the church avenue. There are even some on the square tree posts at both ends of the avenue. It is a very peaceful and beautiful path, and I thought perfect for Jo as I know she needs a bit of love this week.

The tiled seats were not the only thing which caught my eye as we strolled up the avenue. There were also Great Bustards on top of the Castro Verde coat of arms!

I hope you are ready for my close ups of the seats.  I took rather a lot of photographs. I was attempting to capture one shot of every style. I think I managed it! There are some rather unusual creatures amongst the usual flowers and rabbits. And surprisingly, given Castro Verde is in the middle of the steppe, lots of fish and ships.

I must admit I didn’t find the seats that comfortable to sit on, and I had noticed earlier that local residents were seating on more modern benches elsewhere in the town. However aren’t these seats gorgeous, and I am sure they are used as there is some damage to the tiles. Overall we thought them in pretty good condition for outdoor seating, and I am sure in the middle of summer on a Sunday afternoon many take advantage of sitting along this tree-lined avenue.

The eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed that these were not the only style of azulejos. There were numerous other seats with much simpler designs. They were lovely too but just not quite as splendid as the two colour semi-circular seats.

We are going to have to return to Castro Verde on a sunnier day as I am sure they look even more beautiful under blue skies. I also need to return to find out more about them as I have no information on their age, the artist or the designs. So expect a more detailed post one day, for now though a few more tiles just for my friend Mari!

PS Did you notice my title and my sub-title are both six? Yup this is a Six Word Saturday entry as well as a Monday Walks one. I thought quite a short post for me I thought Debbie! Thinking of you Jo x

31 comments on “I can’t possibly sit down here

  1. Pingback: Jo’s Monday walk : Bolton Abbey and the Strid | restlessjo

  2. I love these photos, and the entertaining way in which you write. Your voice shows through well!

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  3. I love the pictures of hares/rabbits etc. Definitely a place to add to my list of must see. Thanks for sharing.

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    • So glad you like Liz . . .I couldn’t make up my mind up either as to whether or not they are hares or rabbits. Do hope you do visit one day so you can help me decide 🙂


  4. I could never have too many azulejos, your photos remind me of a bench, in Olhao I think, by the seafront.


  5. I love this type of tile work (and mosaics ). You have given us some fantastic examples of the former.

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  6. I’d feel COMPELLED to sit, in hopes of absorbing some of the talent and beauty.

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  7. I adore the azulejos and the benches of course! Even if they are uncomfortable to sit on they really are a wonderful sight.

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  8. I like those tiles, Becky. Like Jo, I also read fish and chips… 😀

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    • Isn’t that bizarre that it is having that impact on so many of us . . . .almost tempted to change it to chips and see if everyone then reads ships!!


  9. The tiles are lovely, and so unique – I’d be like you, taking lots of photos. And Jo isn’t the only one to read ‘fish and chips’ by association! 🙂

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  10. I do like this unique seating arrangement. You could keep looking and see something different every time.

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  11. nice integration of the six words and I also wondered the age and history of such lovely tiles – they are so beautiful and Castro Verde looks like a nice place – thanks for bringing us along.

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    • Thank you so much 😊
      We think the colour ones are older than the blue ones but really need to investigate further to know for certain.

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      • well I would be curious as to how old they end up being – and would not be surprised if they were more than 100 years old – and I can see why the color ones seem older than the b/w
        but they sure show the power of “lasting” tile work

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  12. You are a sweetheart, Becky! And you made me smile, because I read ‘fish and chips’ 🙂 🙂 And no, it wasn’t a typo, just the power of association. They are beautiful. I’m sure you’ve seen the square in Portimao with the elaborate benches but these are a different style, and very distinctive.
    I’m sitting here wondering about my 6 words. I’ve written a post for Vron but I don’t know if the family will mind so I’m dithering. Thank you for taking my mind off it. Have a great weekend!

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    • Hee hee love the fact you read fish and chips….now those would be unusual tiles.
      Dare I tell you I haven’t been to Portimao?
      Will be thinking of you lots this weekend. And am sure Vron’s family will be honoured if you do xx


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