Portuguese decorative tile motifs

Decorative motif seen in the Marvilla, Santarem (Non copyrighted, source: Gutenberg.org)

These decorative motifs are found in the Church of Marvilla in Santarem, Portugal. The church, founded in the 12C by King Afonso Henriques after the conquest of Santarém over the Moors in 1147, was remodelled in the 16C. The interior is covered with azulejos. The most interesting date from 1620 and 1635, these are azulejos knows as tapete (carpet style) with multicoloured plant motifs. These motifs are seen in still extant tiles in Portuguese Macau, as well as many towns in (island) Southeast Asia.

From the Marvilla, Santarem; also in the Matriz,
Alvito, and elsewhere (Non copyrighted, source: Gutenberg.org)

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