Sunday 9 May 2021

Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

I know Portugal quite well, the north better than the south, but I've never  been in any of the Portuguese islands. 

Angra do Heroísmo Cathedral
This postcard was sent by Martinha

Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores.
Some claim that Angra was founded by Álvaro Martins, who sailed with Didrik Pining on his expedition to the New World, and with Bartolomeu Dias on his voyage around the Cape of Good Hope. Others contend that Angra was founded in 1450 or 1451 by Jácome de Bruges, a Fleming in the service of Prince Henry the Navigator, who recruited farmers, fishermen, and merchants in the Low Countries to colonize the Azores.

Misericordia Church
This postcard was sent by Zé "PilotOne" from the Azores Postcrossing meeting

Angra was hit by a major earthquake on 1 January 1980 that did considerable damage to the city's historic center and to many other locations on the island of Terceira. The Azores have experienced many earthquakes and volcanic eruptions since prehistoric times, but the 1980 event was probably the most serious since the eighteenth century. The damage in the city was repaired and rebuilt within four years. In 1983, the historic center of Angra do Heroísmo was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. - in: wikipedia

Fortress of São João Baptista
This postcard was sent by Martinha

The Fortress of São João Baptista (Portuguese: Forte de São João Baptista), also known as the Fort of São Filipe or Fort of Monte Brasil is a historic fortress and defensive emplacement, located in the civil parish of , municipality of Angra do Heroísmo in the Portuguese island of Terceira, archipelago of the Azores. - in: wikipedia