quinta-feira, 1 de dezembro de 2011

Aveiro – city of tiles


 Why is Aveiro the land of tiles in the facades of the houses? I don't know. Maybe because in the late 19th and early 20th century there were many factories of tiles in the very centre of the city, which took advantage of the deposits of clay along the Ria arms; Maybe because there was a lot of manpower specialized in painting tiles, thanks to the proximity of factorys such as Vista Alegre (since 1824); Perhaps because the tile was a good way of controlling the humidity, a form of protection of facades and house interiors; or, simply, because the aveirenses (people from Aveiro) like to have the facades of their houses in perpetual motion.
This pictures were taken during a walk of just over an hour through the old city, by popular neighborhoods, last month. I'm still confused! It seems that I am tripping!

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