Fodor's Expert Review Museu Nacional do Azulejo
A tile museum might not sound thrilling, but this magnificent museum dedicated to Lisbon's eye-catching azulejos is one of the Alfama's top tourist attractions—and with good reason. Housed in the16th-century Madre de Deus convent and cloister, displays range from individual glazed tiles to elaborate pictorial panels. The 118-foot Panorama of Lisbon (1730) is a detailed study of the city and waterfront and is reputedly the country's longest azulejo piece. The richly furnished convent church contains some sights of its own: of note are the gilt baroque decoration and lively azulejo works depicting the life of St. Anthony. There are also a little café-bar and a gift shop that sells tile reproductions.