"ANGRA DO HEROÍSMO" Angra do Heroísmo by Avieira67

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This is the capital of Terceira Island and was the capital of the Azores until 1832, when central administration was transferred to Ponta Delgada. Due to the resistance it offered the troops of King Miguel in 1829, Queen Maria II bestowed the name Heroísmo. In 1983 this city was declared World Historic Patrimony by UNESCO.
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, Africa & America, due to its central position on the Sargasso trading route.

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 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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