In 12th century Sevilla, the Moors decorated the walls, ceilings, floors, and facades of their homes and buildings with brightly colored, patterned tile. The tradition has continued to this day, resulting in tile ornamentation almost everywhere you go in the city – it was captivating. Could it get better than this?
Then I looked up.
Decorative ceramic finials top the spires of Sevilla.
I even saw them for sale in a shop in Triana, the neighborhood where the tile has historically been made.
Roofs of minarets are laid with geometric patterns of contrasting tile beneath their delicately patterned finials.
So often absorbed by what’s right in front of me, I don’t always think to look beyond.
I’m so glad I looked up in Sevilla.