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A day on the tiles

If we photographed every unique, ceramic tile spotted in Granada, there’d be a print for every resident of the city – such is the beauty hidden in the shady doorways and sometimes-forgotten facades of the city. In an antique shop on the Gran Vía de Colón, there were individual tiles for sale dating back to the 16th century. They cost a pretty penny too.

When you see stuff like this, you marvel at the thought of all the people who’ve admired and touched these objects over the centuries. And, as Queen Isabelle and King Ferdinand rest in their lead tombs a stone’s throw away, they’ll one day also become the crumble and dust of Granada’s past.

In a previous post, we showed these tiles from the Alhambra, now in the British Museum, London. The tiles we saw today were similar.

Ceramic tile from Alhambra

Today our uphill task (literally) was to find – in sweltering heat and carrying a bottle of rapidly-warming water – two famous ceramic factories in the Albaicín, both with a history to tell. Our visit is for another post, partly because one was closed. In the meantime, check out these pictures. Yes, that says desde 1517 (it’s not the time of the bus back down the hill).

Tile factory entrance

ceramica_factory

 Related posts:

A piece of the Alhambra in London

A Rae of Spanish sunshine

The pomegranate city – Granada

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