Cultural Attractions

In Angra you can discover, the architecture of big houses of the century XVII and XVIII, dozens of churches, the oldest church was built in 1593, the Convent of São Bernadino de Sena,  the Museum of Sacred Arts among others. 

                                                   Main Historical Points

Convento São Bernadino de Sena - Fotógrafo: Francinete Fróes

Convent São Bernardino de Sena - Inaugurated in 1763 it substituted the old Franciscan convent of “Cachoeira”  current Moacir de Paula Lobo Street. It worked regularly until 1859. In 1931, the convent was requested by the government, to work as orphans' house and Primary Liceu for nine years, when it was a convent again. The existent clock in the steeple is still original of the old convent. Tumbled by Sphan in 1947.   

Convent Nossa Senhora do Carmo  - The Carmelite monks settled down in this local even before the primitive population. Founded in 1593, its current aspect is from 1623. There’s, in the cemetery, the mummified body of Maria Isabel da Visitação Corrêa, died in 1822. Tumbled by Sphan in 1954. 

Cruzeiro – made of lioz marble, it was donated in 1758 by D. José I from Portugal. 

Igreja Matriz (Church Matriz) - Located in Praça Silvestre Travassos. The building begun in 1623. This construction extendend until 1750 when it was inaugurated. There you can see the legendary image of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, that, when it was on the way to Vila de Intanhaém, stayed at this Vila dos Reis Magos forever to be par excellence the patron saint of Angra dos Reis. It is the richest Church of the town, with altar-pieces, images and precious dresses. Tumbled by Sphan in 1954.  

Church of Santa Luzia
- Located in  Rua do Comércio (Comercio Street), built in 1632 in execution  of the promise done by Venerável Oliveira family, primitive people of Vila dos Santos Reis Magos. It was our first Church, being the first Main church of  Angra dos Reis. Tumbled by Sphan in 1954.   

Municipal Paço Building - Old City Hall (Casa da Câmara). It was built in 1871, it is on Praça Nilo Peçanha. It was abandoned in the second decade of this century and it even  almost collapsed. In 1930 it was restored and it is now the Municipal government's headquarters.   

Casa da Câmara (City Hall)  - Placed in Praça Nilo Peçanha. Built in the first decade of the century XVII, it is current headquarters of the City hall. 

Igreja da Matriz - Fotógrafo: Francinete Fróes


Mercado do Peixe (Market of the Fish) - Built by the municipality in 1914, it is local where you can find fresh fish of the city at about 07:00 a.m.  

Chafariz da Saudade (Fountain of the Longing) - Placed in the square of the Market of Fish, this fountain was good to take the waters from the Fonte da Saudade (Fountain of the Longing) and it marked the first visit of the emperor D. Pedro II to the city in 1863.  

Chafariz da Chácara da Carioca (Fountain of Carioca Smallholding) - Placed at the end of Professor Lima Street, it was built in 1842, being the only one in operation. There’s a popular belief that says that the person who drinks the water of the middle of the waterspout will never stand far from the city. 

Casa da Cultura - Fotógrafo: Francinete Fróes

Museu de Arte Sacra - Fotografo: Norma Braga de Sá

Casa da Cultura (Culture House) – A house built in 1824, it was demanded by the community to be a space to serve the several cultural segments. It was dispossessed, tumbled by INEPAC and inaugurated as Casa da Cultura (Culture House) in 1985.   

Igreja da Lapa e da Boa Morte (Church of Lapa and of the Good Death) - Museum of Sacred Arts - Located on Dr. Bastos Street, built in 1752 is the only church that conserves the original painting of the altar-piece of the main altar. Tumbled by Sphan in 1954. Nowadays it is the Museum of Sacred Arts of Angra dos Reis.   

Sobrado da Praça General Osório (House of General Osório Square) – It’s a characteristic group of architecture of the century XVIII (dated of 1847) of Portuguese influence, it was tumbled by Sphan in 1969.   


Ladeira de Santa Luzia (Slope of Santa Luzia) - This is the oldest house existent, built in 1793. The writer's and historian Alípio Mendes’s library is in the house.   

Vila de Mambucaba  - It is at BR-101, by the ocean. Its apogee was in the century XIX due to the slaves' market, the export of coffee and the production of cachaça (sugar cane liquor). Today in the place remain some constructions and Igreja do Rosário (The Church of Rosário) built in 1834. 

Monumento do Naufrágio do Aquidabã  (Monument of the Shipwreck of the Ship Aquidabã) - Granite Shaft in memory of the warship Aquidabã, that shipwrecked in the Bay of Jacuacanga in 1906. The access is through BR-101 highway, with the entrence  in the way of Petrobrás, km 470 - Monsuaba - Ponta Leste.   

Ruínas do Engenho Central do Bracuhy (Ruins of the Central Mill of Bracuhy) - Located on BR-101 highway, km 504 and close to the access of the condominium of the same name. Construction of the century XIX, that reminds the typical architecture of the industrial revolution. In spite of being in ruins, it can still be seen the underground ditches and the thick walls of stones. 


Ermida do Senhor do Bonfim (Small Chapel of the Lord of Bonfim) - It was built in 1780. Known as Igrejinha do Bonfim (little church of Bonfim), it has the largest party in May, month of the patron saint, where takes place a party with marine procession, sporting activities and stalls on the beach in front of  the Church.   

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Church)  - In Praia da Ribeira (Ribeira Beach), built in 1770. 

Igreja do Bonfim - Fotógrafo: Francinete Fróes