Portuguese azulejo animal

Photo Essay: Unique animals featured on Portuguese tiles

Travel to any town or city in Portugal and you’ll come across some amazing azulejos – hand-painted tiles featuring anything from religious scenes to battles, rural life to iconic buildings, royalty to peasants. Bearing in mind that many of the blue paintings were done in the 18th and 19th century, perhaps it’s understandable that they aren’t all artistically accurate. At least not when it comes to painting animals.

Here are a few unique animals I found on the walls of the famous Antiga Confeitaria de Belém café in Lisbon.

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Take a close look at any of the azulejos you see as you travel around Portugal and you’ll find plenty of other amusing and unique animals.

Have you got a favourite among these unique azulejo animals? Please leave a comment and let me know which one.

You can find more uniqueness at the Weekly Photo Challenge.