Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon has teamed up with the renowned Viúva Lamego tile-making factory to offer guests an exclusive experience; an opportunity to discover a unique aspect of Portuguese culture with a personalised Azulejo (Portuguese tile) painting workshop and visit to the factory.
One of the world’s great decorative art traditions is still very much alive and thriving today, as it was centuries ago, adorning a wide range of Portuguese buildings, from homes to palaces and churches.
Tiles have been used as a form of expression in Portugal for over five centuries. Much more than just aesthetics, the Portuguese tile is a reflection of cultural, social, and economic influences, inseparable from the country’s history. Viúva Lamego is a factory that is also a studio, and that has been bringing beauty into the world since 1849 in the fairytale region of Sintra.
For those guests keen to delve into this most authentic part of Portuguese culture, a luxury car will collect them from the Hotel and whisk them directly to the factory in the region of Sintra, the first European site listed by UNESCO as a Cultural Landscape, and just a 30-minute drive from Lisbon. On a private visit to the factory, guests will be transported back in time to 1849 where they will learn from a guide about the history of and the original production of world-famous Portuguese tiles. Guests will meet experienced local artisans, see the magic of tile painting, and witness the intricacies of hand painting tiles. Finally, the class begins with a discussion on the variety of tile designs, the original designs versus the new designs, single versus multiple colour styles, as well as 2D and 3D designs, and with the help of master tile painting artisans, guests can paint their very own azulejo as a souvenir, or purchase directly in the Viúva Lamego shop.
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