Angra do Heroísmo Cathedral

Angra do Heroísmo


The Angra do Heroísmo Cathedral is the biggest Temple and one of the main monuments of this lovely town, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage, situated in the gorgeous Terceira Island, on the Azores Archipelago.

The present temple would have been built over the previous São Salvador Church, dated probably from 1496, yet small for the crescent population of Angra do Heroísmo, that was by then affirming its power and expansion. From this previous temple is left the main altar.

In 1570 started the temple’s construction, in a majestic style, and in the 20th century several conservation works were made, as the natural catastrphes, namely the 1980 big earthquake and a big fire in 1984, caused serious harm in the building.

The Angra do Heroísmo Cathedral is characterized by its sober façade with two bell towers and presents a lovely interior with cedar sculpted ceiling, 17th century glazed tiles, furniture in jacaranda wood and the famous pipe organ with big dimensions.

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