Angra do Heroísmo

Angra do Heroísmo City Hall

Angra do Heroísmo


Angra do Heroísmo
cathedral spires in the background

Angra, or Angra do Heroísmo is a city of some 21,300 people and municipality in Terceira Island in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores.


commercial area

The municipality has a population of 35,581 and an area of 239.0 km². It is bordered by Praia da Vitória to the east.


the harbor

The present Mayor is José Pedro Parreira Cardoso, elected by the Socialist Party.


It was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1983.


the square in front of city hall

Photos of the Interior of City Hall

Angra occupies the south coast of Terceira. It is the headquarters of a military command, and the residence of a Roman Catholic bishop. Its principal buildings are the cathedral, military college, arsenal and observatory. The harbour, now of little commercial or strategic importance, but formerly a celebrated naval station, is sheltered on the west and south-west by the promontory of Monte Brasil, but it is inferior to the neighboring ports of Ponta Delgada and Horta.


May Day display

The foreign trade is not large, and consists chiefly in the exportation of beef meat, dairy products and some fish. Angra was founded by Álvaro Martins, who sailed with Didrik Pining on his expedition to the New world and Bartolomeu Dias on his voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. Angra served as a refuge for Queen Maria II of Portugal from 1830 to 1833. It also served as refuge for Almeida Garrett during the Napoleonic Wars.

Text from Wikipedia

cathedral spires in the background


Holy Ghost chapel



Photos from the History Museum











contemporary nativity







Angra do Heroísmo City Hall

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