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    Museum de Sao Francisco

    by JessieLang Written Jun 4, 2009

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    The 18th Century Convent de São Francisco is now a very nice museum containing a mixture of history and art. Modern horse sculptures of bent metal wore 1914 saddlebags. Another room displayed uniforms and other items from WWI, with a soundtrack of explosions and gunfire.

    The Public Gardens are next to the museum, and they are worth walking through--or sitting on a bench and admiring the peaceful setting.

    The Museum building Sculptures Museum Gardens
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    Angra do Heroismo Museum

    by tolovajka Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Housed within the Convent of São Francisco. Its notable collections give a broad view of Terceira's history. It integrates also a permanent exhibition of Azorean painting on wood (16th - 17th century).

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    Alto da Memoria

    by tolovajka Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Obelisk built on the site of the town's first castle (15th-16th century, celebrates the visit of King Pedro IV in Angra. The footpath to this monument crosses a nice garden with many flowers and exotic plants.

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    Sé Catedral

    by tolovajka Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Built in the 16th century on the site of a 15th century gothic church. Its interior has many interesting and valuable details: glazed tiles decorations, images, paintings and silverware, jarancanda furniture and religious ornaments.

    Interior of the Catedral in Angra
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    Palácio dos Bettencourts

    by Avieira67 Updated Jul 8, 2007

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    This Baroque style palace, which is a good example of Angra's mansion-houses, was built in the late 17th century and early 18th century. The main façade has a lovely pórtico carved in regional stone, comprising two Solomon-style pillars crowned by composite heads, an architrave and a wide tablet bearing the Bettencourt family coat-of-arms.
    This monument has rooms with arched ceilings and woodpanelling made from both local and Brazilian cedar.
    Inside this palace are housed Public Library and Archives of Angra do Heroísmo. One of the best libraries in the country, it possesses a valuable collection of which the municipal library, the monograph section and the collections of Vitorino Nemésio and José Agostinho are outstanding, as well as examples of some of the first works to be printed in the Azores. Also worthy of special mention is its vast archives of historical documents.
    A free internet service is available here!

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    Forte de São João Baptista

    by Avieira67 Updated May 1, 2007

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    This is one of the most imposing Portuguese fortresses of the 16th century [4km long], which was built during the Spanish era. Continuously modified up until and including the period of World War II, it gained fame as the place where famous figures such as Gungunhana and Dom Afonso VI were imprisoned.
    Its main doorway iscarved in black stone, with the royal coat-of-arms above the entrance. The arched bridge, the turrets, the moats and the fine interior, with the Church of São João Baptista and the Palace of the Governors of the Castle, make this one of the most splendid monuments in the country.

    Forte de S��o Jo��o Baptista Igreja de S��o Jo��o Baptista

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    Paços do Concelho [CITY HALL]

    by Avieira67 Updated May 1, 2007

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    This building, dating back from the 19th century, was erected on the site of the former 17th century City Hall. The first blue and white flag of the monarchy, embroided by Queen Maria II herself, is kept here.

    Angra City Hall

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    Monte Brasil

    by Avieira67 Updated Aug 21, 2006

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    This mountain with 205 m high is the remains of a mostly submerged crater, which resulted from an early underwater eruption and projects about 1,000 m into the sea.
    Surrounded by four small hills, the area of Monte Brasil, which is actually more of a small peninsula and covers around 63 hectares, comprising also the two islets of Ilhéus das Cabras, has been declared nature reserve.

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    Become an amateur bullfighter

    by saobartolomeu Updated Jul 2, 2006

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    For many years Terceira was the ONLY place in Portuguese territory where you could see a rope bullfight. This tradition mounts back to the days of the discoveries when a woman called Brianda Pereira fought off Spanish invaders by releasing wild bulls along the coast where they were trying to land.
    Since then, raising bulls and bullfighting (both professional ring and street rope bullfights) is a strong tradition in Terceira.
    So, if you want to try your hand at running, in front, behind or along side a wild bull don't miss one of the inumerous street bullfights in Terceira. The season begins on May 1st and goes through October 13th, they usually start at 6:30p.m during the summer and after August 25 they start at 5:30 p.m.. There is a rope bullfight everyday somewhere on the island. It is free and a colorful island tradition that should be seen, if only once.
    If you don't want to "run" with the bull there are many safe places where you can watch the bulfight from.

    Rope bullfivht in S��o Sebasti��o Rope bullfivht in Santa B��bara Rope bullfivht in Terra Ch�� Rope bullfivht in Ribeirinha

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    Sé de Angra

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    This Cathedral, mother church of the Azores, is an impressing structure built at the end of the 16th century using the style of a 15th century gothic church.
    The interior has many interesting details: the enormous high-altar, with a semi-circular niche; the carved cedar wood ceiling; images, paintings and silverware dating from the 17th century; a vestry with jacaranda furniture and valuable gold and silverware, with a gallery of oil paintings portraying the bishops of the diocese, and other religious objects and artefacts, including a magnificent pontifical book which belonged to King João V.

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    Palácio dos Capitães Generais

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    At the past, this palace was Jesuit College. In 1776 it became the residence of the Captain-Generals. Over the years this monument accumulated a fine collection of furniture, tapestries and other works of art. One of the rooms contains oil paintings with natural size portraits of all the kings of the House of Bragança up to the reign of Queen Maria II. The adjoining church [17th century] is famous for its wood carvings, gilt work, statues and paintings of the period. It also houses the finest collection of Dutch 17th century hand-painted tiles in existence outside Holland.

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    Museu de Angra

    by Avieira67 Updated Jun 19, 2005

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    This is the principal museum collection of the island of Terceira.
    It located in the old Convent of São Francisco, and is adjoined to the “Nossa Senhora da Guia” Church (Our Lady of Guidance). In this church Paulo da Gama, Vasco da Gama’s brother, was buried after his death on the return from their first journey to India in 1499.
    The notable collections in this museum give a broad view of the history of the city and the island, Terceira's relations with the other islands of the archipelago and to an even wider world due to its position on international sea routes between the 15th and 17th centuries. This "journey to the past" is organised around four themes: the Discovery of the islands of the Azores; the City of Angra; the Azores and the World, from the Captains General to Liberalism; and from the Late 19th century to the Present.
    The Angra Museum also integrates three further permanent exhibitions: Azorean painting on wood (16th and 17th centuries), "Memories of a Building" and a battery of Scheineder-Canet artillery which came to the Azores during World War I and is one of the only examples in the world.

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    Misericordia Church

    by JessieLang Written Jun 4, 2009

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    Stop and admire this beautiful church.

    If you come in a different year, it may no longer be baby blue. I was told that it gets painted fairly often, and that it was green the year before.

    Misericordia church View from the harbor
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    City Hall

    by JessieLang Written Jun 4, 2009

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    Angra do Heroísmo has a large and beautiful city hall, complete with 3 stained glass windows that would do credit to a cathedral. Be sure to go inside and see them.

    City Hall windows Angra do Heroismo City Hall City Hall window
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    Igreja de São Francisco

    by tolovajka Written Jul 13, 2007

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    Built in the 18th century over two existing cloisters of the Franciscan order. Notable collection of treasures. Here can be found the tomb of Paulo de Gama, Vasco de Gama's brother.

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