2012-04-25

Decorative tiles with the "Caravela" - Portugal


© Ricardo Vicente (photo) / Kronos

unused, bought in Lisbon (Portugal)

The decorative tiles are an old Portuguese tradition and they can be found everywhere: private houses, museums, churches, palaces, public buildings, metro or train stations. The card above shows some decorative tiles with the Portuguese boat named "Caravela" or caravel in english.

"A caravel is a small, highly maneuverable sailing ship developed in the 15th century by the Portuguese to explore along the West African coast and into the Atlantic Ocean. The lateen sails gave her speed and the capacity for sailing to windward (beating). Caravels were much used by the Portuguese for the oceanic exploration voyages during the 15th and 16th centuries in the age of discovery." In: Wikipedia

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