Projeto SOS Azulejo - Virar uma página na salvaguarda e valorização global do património azulejar português

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This article presents the history of the «SOS Azulejo Project» created by the Judicial Police Museum in 2007 as a reaction – but also acting proactively – against an extremely negative and destructive scenario of Portuguese historic and artistic tile heritage. With the partnership of several different entities, the project carried out an innovative series of pragmatic and awareness-raising actions to safeguard, enhance and study this unique and identity Portuguese cultural heritage, achieving extremely positive results, such as the dramatic reduction in registered thefts of Portuguese historic and artistic tiles; stopping the demolition wave of tiled facades and removal of tiles from the same facades in the whole Portuguese territory (through the proposal for a new specific legislation, approved by Parliament in 2017); and the attribution in 2013 of the «European Union Grand Prix for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra» (never before or after attributed to Portugal).
Original languagePortuguese
Title of host publicationConventualidades
Subtitle of host publicationRepresentações e vestígios do quotidiano
EditorsSofia Aleixo
PublisherUniversidade de Évora
ISBN (Electronic)9789727783410
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Portuguese tile heritage
  • Active safeguard
  • Valorisation
  • Legislation

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