Faded Splendour

When wandering about the streets of the old part of Lisbon, around the Alfama area, I couldn’t help but notice some of the rather magnificent tiles on many buildings were damaged or had fallen off, and some rather splendid buildings had fallen into disrepair….so here is a bit of Faded Splendour.

Looking at those two pineapple sculptures, I reckon this place was one quite a sight:

This wall was rather downtrodden, but the tiles must once have been very striking:

I noticed the rather splendid detail which surrounded the window on the far right a bit belatedly when I was sorting through the images:

I thought these tiles would have been rather marvellous in their time:


  1. These were likely very splendid back in their days – and the blue tile
    One screams Portugal to me.
    Do you know approximately how old any of these structures are?

  2. It is sad to see, but perfect for your ‘Sue Style’. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Lovely tiles, Sue.


  4. “Faded splendour” – can I feel the birth pangs of another series? These are great shots, especially the second-last one.

  5. The Alfama area did seem to have more than its fair share of dilapidation when we were there in 2012. I wonder if the economic downturn had its part to play or if it is the same as in other European cities where property is not looked after by landlords.

  6. They would! I like that last shot 🙂 🙂 Laidback weekend, Sue?

  7. Great shots, Sue. I was surprised my the amount of decaying buildings in Lisbon and other cities. Apparently there is a big black market in antique tiles that are often stripped from buildings. It is now a crime to take them or to sell them. So glad the government is taking actions to stop the problem. I so want to go back to Portugal.

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