Global Treasures Angra Do Heroismo Azores
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Terceira is one of the Azores' Islands within the Atlantic Ocean situated
around fifteen hundred kilometres from the Portuguese mainland with Angra Do
Heroismo as its capital.
In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries it was an important port of call for
numerous trading ships and a junction for three continents.
As in Europe, the foul air of medieval times once filled through the city’s
narrow alleys but eventually a beautiful Renaissance city was created along with
many fine churches.
In the centre of the old town is the Jardim Duque Da Terceira, a well laid
out garden with tangled pathways, fountains and an abundance of flowers.
According to age old tradition almost each one of the island’s communes has
its own Tourada A Corda, a non-bloody bullfight during which the men await
the bulls in the alleys and each bull has a rope tied around its neck to
Angra Do Heroimo, Anchor of Heroism, created to serve the needs of those who
travel the mighty ocean!