Thursday, 30 March 2023

The Iconic Architecture Of Tavira, Portugal

Tavira is an adorable town, a small gem down in the Algarve area of Portugal. The place has a laid back, traditional vibe, still holding on to its fishing heritage. The visual highlight is, of course, the classic blue tile work on many houses, that lovely Azulejo design.

A typical block of apartments, covered in Azulejo tile work. Fancy.

Buildings that aren't slathered in tiles are usually finished with a whitewash and bright color accents. If you're going all tile don't be afraid to cover your place.

Don't forget the back! Don't forget everything!

A closer look, starting to reveal the specific design of the Azulejo tile that was chosen. Repair job. The designs are endless, beyond the color restriction. Matching can be tricky.

A little break from the march of blue tile. Older parts of Tavira are more humble. Smaller in scale, no tile, Spanish tile roofs that have been aged hundreds of years.

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Alcoutim Cemetery In Algarve, Portugal

The tiny town of Alcoutim, right across the boundary river from Spain, has a classic, iconic Catholic cemetery. The place is full of tombs, oozing patina and theatricality. A nice show.

A typical section, a wall of tombs, each with unique icons, objects.

Religious details. A statue of a thorned Jesus, maybe some sort of snow-globe relic, perhaps a curved Virgin Mary.

The cemetery is full of rows, each filled with tombs. Pick your neighborhood.

Portraits and plastic flowers, meant to last forever. Another Virgin Mary sculpture, looking a little small and lonely.

Some folks get a little more real estate, an actual burial and small fence.