Barrio De azulejos
Triana's Ceramic History
Sevilla’s identity is intricately linked to the neighborhood of Triana on the west bank of the Guadalquivir River. Triana’s past is littered with stories of sailors, ceramicists, matadors, flamenco artists, gypsy rebels and religious zealots. For these reasons and more, Triana is considered the spiritual heart of Sevillian culture.
Among other art forms, Triana is perhaps most famous for its azulejos (ceramic tiles), named after the particular type of blue (azul) clay found in the area, but the origins of this famous art form date back to prehistoric times, when the very same raw materials were used.
Before we get into the history itself, you may want to get yourself in the mood with some traditional and contemporary Flamenco music from this area. Just click here:
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Here you will find some recommendations on where to begin your own exploration. Please feel free to share your own experiences in the comments below, or contact Erica at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Centro Ceramica Triana, a super interesting and cohesive museum where you can visit studios and production areas from various centuries
Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporáneo, a local Contemporary Art Museum which features a monestary and old kilns from the early 19th century industrial period.
BarroAzul, a community space and studio where you can try your hand making tiles, hand building and wheel throwing.
Ceramica Triana, a nice and well rounded local shop.