Tiles of Alcazar, photoessay

As Michael Schuermann says in an article for the Huffington Post, Seville is ‘the city of tiles’. 

Beautifully ornamented azulejos cover not only the walls of palaces and churches, but also the sides of bars and restaurants, the corridors of residential buildings and quite often the undersides of balconies. Tiles also serve as signage or as charming finish for stone benches.

This photo essay focuses on Alcazar – the royal palace in Seville, and offers a glimpse of the ceramic tiles that adorn its courtyards and cloisters. Most patterns are inspired by Islamic geometric motifs. Take a look after the break.


Some of the patterns are quite simple:


While others are very elaborate:


Colours are mainly natural:


Different patterns are used for the vertical and horizontal planes of benches:




The most elaborate patterns involve depictions of animals, buildings and popular symbols:


They charm the eye, don’t they.


Expect more articles focusing on the beautiful patterns of Seville soon.


[1] Huffingtonpost: Seville’s Beautiful Tiles


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