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Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 18pm
Last entry: 17h30 pm.
Closed: Mondays, Easter Sunday and the holidays: New Year’s Day, May 1 and Christmas Day.
The word “azulejo” means ceramic tile. There is a national museum dedicated to the azulejo in a former convent, the Convent of the Mother of God. The outside of the convent is not imposing, but inside the convent one finds the huge chapel fascinating. The style is baroque and the walls of the chapel and ceiling are filled with huge paintings, all in gold colored frames. The artwork in the chapel is outstanding and impressive. One does not expect to see such a beautiful chapel. It is really a big church, and not a chapel. In the rooms of the former convent, one can see the history of the ceramic tile in Europe, especially in Portugal. The Portuguese became famous making ceramic tile with blue painted scenes. Some of the most beautiful tiles are found in this museum.
One can enjoy talking to ppl who work in the museum as guides and guards. Most speak English quite well and try to give one all the information one wants. They are very hospitable and one can see that they really want to help the tourist. This is one of the best reasons to visit Lisbon!