Tiles of Seville


Seville has one of the largest old-towns in Europe. It is crammed full of palazzos, churches and courtyard squares; all full of colour and life. With over 500 years of Moorish rule (from the 8th century) and a further 800 years of Christian rule (including the Renaissance and Golden Age), it is not surprising that Seville has a rich mix of influences in the style of the city and its architecture.

But who knew that the Sevillanos like a tile as much as they do?

OMG they LOVE their tiles…. really love them. A lot.

Coleshed has a theory that, at some time in the past, there must have been some form of tile addiction, and they made so many they had to put them everywhere!

Take a look at these beauties!

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You can see the Moorish influence in many of these designs, not just the stars, but the complex, geometric designs, which create incredibly intricate, repeat patterns. The British Museum has published books on analysing these patterns (fact!).

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PLUS ULTRA is the national motto of Spain, literally meaning ‘further beyond’. It represents Spain’s ambition to be a world power from the time of Christopher Columbus.

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