Now this may not be what you’re expecting, but I’m well aware that I’ve filled pages with the delights of Tavira, in Portugal’s Algarve. So I thought I’d dedicate my “T” post to something I find quite intriguing- the Tavira Vase.
As I walk around Tavira I’m constantly aware of renovation work going on. Many of the older buildings have been painstakingly restored, the Galeria Palace being a prime example.
At the reverse of the building, excavation has been in progress for some time. A long promised museum, dedicated to locally discovered Islamic Art, finally opened in April last year. On display are fragments of many of the mosaics originally incorporated into local buildings.
The centrepiece of the museum is the Tavira Vase, and I include the link as it explains the function far better than I am able to. My husband describes it as a water feature, but then, he would! http://www.discoverislamicart.org/database_item.php?id=object;ISL;pt;Mus01_C;9;en
The museum is situated behind the Tourist Information Office. It’s a shame that the information displayed is all in Portuguese, however there is a video with English subtitles to give you a historical overview. I found it moved at too rapid a pace, and would have liked a little more detail. It’s a good start, however, and as I wander Tavira’s streets now, I’m more able to visualise how once it might have looked.
If you’re not familiar with Tavira, then please let me introduce you. I fall in love with it all over again when I read this post.
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