Built behind of one of the city icons, Park D. Carlos I, the Bordallo Pinheiro Factory was instaled not so far from the former Factory of the Caldas da Rainha Faiance.
Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro was the artistic director, between 1884 and 1905, and was where he became famous by its ceramic works all over the country and world.
Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro died in 1905 and the former factory was sold on public auction.
Although that episode made a huge negative impact on the local ceramic industry, Manuel Gustavo Bordalo Pinheiro quickly decided to continue the work started by his father, opening a new Factory, Bordallo Pinheiro Factory, a facility that has been working since 1907 until today (only he shop, the actual location of the factory is outside of the city).
Today the industrial complex of the Bordallo Pinheiro Faiances doesn’t work inside the ancient building from 1907, being transferred to a new and modern facility on the outskirts of Caldas da Rainha, being the original building used today to house the shop and a Museum about Bordallo Pinheiro.
Although the original building is no longer the central point of the production, it is still a huge testimonial of the presence of Bordallo Pinheiro in Caldas since 1884 and it is a mandatory stop to those who are visiting our city because the building keeps the decorative elements on its facade and garden.
If you want to know more about Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro and his presence in Caldas da Rainha, recently it was opened Rota Bordaliana, a walk path within the city stopping by the most emblematic places where Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro left is legacy.
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