In automatic lifestyle of today and especially in strategic places where people only care about the routine of everyday life, it is important to have a bit of cultural avoidance. The train station of São Bento is a good example.
Loses a train, gets dull. Pick up the newspaper … but you read it. Relax, raises the look and appreciate something unique to São Bento station, Porto. Walls highly worked with an old Portuguese technique, the Portuguese tiles.
These tiles are a true historical legacy of the Portuguese past. Considered the finest panels of this type in Portugal, were placed on the walls in August 1915. And were painted by the painter Jorge Colaço.
Tiles with more culture and history than many books. How many years have passed by them, how many sad or farewells souls, or simply eager travelers have gone through those tiles. But the tiles themselves have written history itself.
Each panel represents a scene of national history. In them we find: the triumphal entry of D. João I and his marriage with D ª Filipa de Lencastre in Oporto in 1386, the conquest of Ceuta, 1415 and the Tournament of Arcos de Valdevez, 1140. Some Portuguese history’s moments.
In other panels we found country scenes and ethnography as exemplified by the procession of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios in Lamego, the pilgrimage of S. Torcato, in Guimarães, a harvest, the transport of wine on a boat in Douro.
This was an inspiration to create Limited Edition cabinet Heritage. Appropriate to modern interiors this portuguese luxury furniture inspiration will fit as a central piece in any home decoration. The building opened in 1916 has still high on the walls a beautiful frieze multicolor evocative of the history of national roads since the beginning until the arrival of the first train to Braga.