Portuguese Calcadas

One of the endearing hallmarks of Portugal's streets is their decorated pavements. Limestone is hewn into tiny blocks creating beautiful patterned compositions. It started in 1849 after the completion of the wave design known as "the wide sea" in Lisbon's Rossio Square. By the end of that year, the pavements of the Chiado district and Avenida da Liberdade were completed. Eventually most of Lisbon's streets were paved this way, and it spread throughout the country and throughout its colonies.
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Calcada in Aveiro, Portugal

Calcada in Aveiro, Portugal

Calcada in Macau, China.

Calcada in Macau, Macau Special Adm.

In Santa Cruz, Madeira.

This photo from the TrekLens travel gallery is titled 'Calçada Portuguesa Photo'.

Em Coimbra, Portugal.

Portuguese pavement: image of the seal of the University of Coimbra Portugal (Coimbra) featuring Wisdom.

In Funchal, Madeira

An example of "Calçada", the portuguese art of pavement mosaic. Here in Funchal, Madeira the technique is used to display an image of the boat used by Zarco in when he discovered the island.

Portuguese Calcada in Curitiba, Brasil.

Portuguese pavement in Generoso Marques Square, Curitiba, Brazil

Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil- Portuguese Calcada.

The Copacabana beach sidewalk pavement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Praca do Rossio in Lisbon - Portuguese Calcadas (or walkways) are the most beautiful in the world.

Pavement on the Rossio Square (Praça do Rossio), Lisbon_Portugal

Ipanema Beach Walkway, Rio de Janeiro -Portuguese Calcadas

The Ipanema beach sidewalk pavement in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil