Angra do Heroismo

Angra do Heroismo is a city and municipality in Terceira Island in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores.Its commercial importance led to its being given a town charter in 1478 and being raised to the status of a city – the first in the Azores – in 1534. It was also in the latter year that Pope Paul III chose Angra to be the seat of a bishopric.


That golden period was reflected in the straight lines of its streets, in accordance with the town planning rules of the Renaissance of which it is one of the finest examples, and also in the splendor of its palaces and churches and an artistic legacy that makes it a monument in itself. This has been recognized by UNESCO, which has included it in the world heritage list.

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