"ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO" Angra do Heroísmo by Avieira67

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Capital of the Azores until 1832, when central administration was transferred to Ponta Delgada, and capital of Terceira, Queen Maria II bestowed the name Heroísmo upon the town for the resistance it offered the troops of King Miguel in 1829.
This town was built in the 16th century, with many houses dating from the 17th and 18th centuries. For three centuries it was the meeting point between Europe, África and América, due to its central position on the Sargasso trading route. Already considered to be a regional monument, in 1983 by UNESCO it was declared
world historic patrimony.
The town centre, which extends to Angra bay, has a linear layout, gradually rising towards the north. One of the main streets is Rua de Lisboa, which leads from the harbour to the Praça da Restauração where the imposing palace of the Paços do Concelho [Town Hall] stands. The older houses are built in the traditional rustic fashion against a background of green hills; meticulously whitewashed, with only one floor, they are distinguished from other country houses in the Azores and mainland Portugal by their sash-win dows, the use of which is now obligatory.

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