In Terceira island, Angra do Heroísmo was the first European city to be founded in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, in the wake of the new geographical and cultural horizons opened up by the Portuguese discoveries in the 16th century. The historic center of Angra do Heroísmo was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 1983, in tribute to the city's unique historical importance.
Visit the Renaissance historic center and reserve special attention for the exquisite houses that exemplify traditional architecture. Visit the Sé Cathedral, the Mannerist Church of Nossa Senhora da Guia and the Museum of Angra, together with the Palace of the General Captains. If you journey a little further, you'll be able to see the extinct volcano in Monte Brasil, which is today a pleasant Forest Park but was formerly one of the largest Atlantic fortifications at the end of the 16th century.
Angra pays testimony to almost three centuries in the history of European expansion. During that epoch it was an obligatory stopping point in the shipping routes across the oceans, thus forming part of the emerging global economy. Visit Angra do Heroísmo and travel through time. Turn over the pages of a history that spans several centuries and discover a little bit more about the links which still bind humanity together.
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