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The Legend of the Blue Tiles

Posted by
Steve Rice (Olympia, United States) on 16 July 2017 in Architecture.

The floors, in the Capitol, are terrazzo tile from Italy. Apparently, 66 Italian artisans were hired to lay the floors. Each of them had a blue tile to be used as a signature piece. They were free to place them wherever they wished as they worked. Only 55 of these tiles have ever been found. It's believed that the others have been covered by interior walls or carpeting.

The nice lady at the information desk told me about the tiles and showed me this blue one.

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Interesting things will always be revealed.

16 Jul 2017 5:20am

jpla from St Barthélémy d, France

Un jour peut-être on en découvrira d'autres

16 Jul 2017 5:39am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice shot and interesting information.

16 Jul 2017 5:40am

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique et attrayante informations. )

16 Jul 2017 5:52am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Génaile compo ce pavage avec la touche bleue jaune et noire.

16 Jul 2017 6:22am

Martine from France

Etonnant ce point bleu au milieu des couleurs pastelles.

16 Jul 2017 6:24am

mo.langel from Courtelary, Switzerland

Beautiful mosaic!

16 Jul 2017 7:15am

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful composition, colors & textures!
L O V E L Y !

16 Jul 2017 7:51am

willy from Belgium

une belle mosaïque et des informations intéressantes Steve


16 Jul 2017 9:08am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful mozaïc ! I love your composition with the blue point !

16 Jul 2017 9:15am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une tres belle prise. J aime . Merci pour les explications.

16 Jul 2017 9:36am

Graciel·la (Vic. Catalonia) from CAT. New European State, Poland

:) It's a nice and funny story.
May not be exactly the same, but we here, to this type of work with terrazzo or ceramic is called "trencadís" [tɾəŋkəˈðis].

16 Jul 2017 10:27am

Devi from Chennai, India

Beautiful...I wish the rest of the tiles are discovered soon ! Looks like a jewel !

16 Jul 2017 10:29am

Shaun from Thorton, United States

A superb image and excellent information.

16 Jul 2017 11:25am

beach from Oshawa, Ontario, Canada

Great tale. It would be interesting to find all the tiles and see if the artisans had a secret pattern.

16 Jul 2017 11:38am

Don from Spokane, United States

It's a great picture of these tiles. It's interesting to guess what has happened to the others. A fine shot.

16 Jul 2017 1:12pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I like the standout of the blue tile and reading the story. thanks.

16 Jul 2017 2:22pm

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Nice composition.

16 Jul 2017 3:10pm

Sudipto from Hyderabad, India

That's some history associated with the tiles Steve... Nice capture, and nice touch with the blue one in between... :)

16 Jul 2017 4:03pm

Diana from Olympia, United States

Pretty story

16 Jul 2017 4:30pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful image of the mosaic Tile. And interesting history. :)

16 Jul 2017 5:20pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Superb framing and a great story !

16 Jul 2017 7:20pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France

bien ces couleurs carrelées

17 Jul 2017 7:41am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

I like this series... Amazing!

17 Jul 2017 1:08pm

Daryl Johnson from Worcester Park, United Kingdom

Love this story!

17 Jul 2017 9:06pm