Just a few apartment gates away we found small, hidden courtyards with magnificent tiles and fountains. We had read that Seville was a beautiful city but we were continually surprised by beauty tucked into the corners. Unlike the Cathedral and the Alcazar (which I will write about soon these are considered ordinary.
The tile work on the stair wells and in obscure places keeps one always on the alert for the unexpected. Doors like the one pictured are centuries old. I am not sure about how old the tiles are but they are in a more protected area and are well preserved.
Even the ads are works of tile art. These are the kinds of things you see just walking down the street. This one is small about 2×3 feetThis 10 x 20 foot ad for Studebaker was particularly catching. One of the largest. Notice the statue of “the Thinker” in the background.
There are religiously themed tile work like this one on the wall of a church that is about 6 x 10 feet and 20 feet off the ground.
This one of a bible passage was outside a coffee shop near the corner. Not part of any church. Also well above eye height. If one looking for them they seem to be everywhere.
Many like this one seem pretty commercial and ordinary but still nicer than our billboards in the US.
Some seem to have no function but to decorate an entrance.
Others seem both decorative and functional like this one outside a flamingo performance place or studio (could not figure out which).
There is a lot of tile art on the buildings themselves – very high up in this case.
The Moorish influence in this part of Spain was huge. Archways, tile, pools of water in courtyards, the style of formal gardens all were influenced by the Moors. More on that later.