There is a lot to take on inside the Palace, but all the main rooms are quintessential 18th c. Portuguese – more or less elaborate tray ceilings (some here with intricate stucco decoration by Italian artisans) and azulejo wainscots, called silhares. In between, wall space for hainging tapestries or paintings. No baseboards or much else in the way of Architectural ornament, generally preferred by the more cerebral British. The floors would have been originally in ceramic tiles as per the top photo.
The decorative programme is the real highlight here then. Note how the blue tiles, representing different scenes, match the painted wood ceilings, whereas the rococo colored azulejos, not figurative, tie in with the flamboyant stucco work above. All the doors have mirrored transoms.
We will be visiting the palace on June 11, 2016, details here. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to join in.
Palácio do Correio-mor, Loures