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

By the way, in case any readers aren’t aware, the titles of my entries for UN world heritage sites are taken directly from the UNESCO listing. In this case it all seems to have got a bit wordy.

Angra do Heroismo

Angra do Heroismo

As previously trailed, I flew from Lisbon to the island of Terceira. I took a taxi from the airport to Angra and asked him to drop me at the only cheapish hotel I’d managed to find on the web. Luckily, as it was past 8pm, they had a room for that night, although I had to find another hotel next day for the next two nights.

Angra do Heroismo

Angra do Heroismo

Angra do Heroismo was founded in 1450 and is the oldest city in the Azores. The last bit was added to the name to the 19th century by a grateful queen in thanks for the town’s involvement in the successful struggle for a constitutional, as opposed to absolute, monarchy.

Angra do Heroismo

Angra do Heroismo

One of the reasons for the UN listing is that the port was an important stopping point both on the journey across the Atlantic to South America and on the Portuguese trading routes to the East Indies and Africa.

Angra do Heroismo - cathedral

Angra do Heroismo - cathedral

The old town is small and pretty with pastel and white Baroque churches and historic houses.  And it is one of these, the central part of the Palace of the Bettencourts, that I decided to build in Lego.

Angra do Heroismo - Palace of the Bettencourts

Angra do Heroismo - Palace of the Bettencourts

And in slightly out of focus Lego:

Lego Angra do Heroismo - Palace of the Bettencourts

Lego Angra do Heroismo - Palace of the Bettencourts

Whilst in Angra I also enjoyed a beautiful public garden, went for hike round a wooded hilly lump of land called Monte Brasil that sticks out from the coast next to town (like a scary facial growth does from your great aunt’s chin) and went to hear a local old geezer cover band play blues and rock’n’roll one night in a square. They were reasonably good although I’m fairly sure the drummer did the exactly same thing for every number.

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3 Responses to Central Zone of the Town of Angra do Heroismo in the Azores

  1. Just found your blog. It’s brilliant, thank you. Especially like the Lego models. Well done for 25 years at South Ken museums, I lasted 12 weeks at the BM.

    • Jax says:

      Thank you Jeremy! I’m told by a former colleague who’s worked in both places that the BM has much nastier office politics than the Science Museum, where I spent the bulk of my time.

  2. drsnyc says:

    pastel pink church nom-nom! almost enough to tempt me to attend … but it would be a long trip every sunday.

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