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VELAS

The elegant town of São Jorge

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The most important town of São Jorge is also the capital of the island, mixing an elegant urban layout with a quiet and rural environment. The county has some significant examples of religious architecture, especially the Main Church of São Jorge, erected in 1460. Located at the heart of town’s historical quarter, this church presents a 15th century altar, which was a gift of D. Sebastião, as well as beautiful chapels in gilt carved wood. Another outstanding temple is the Church of Nossa Senhora da Conceição (17th century), included in the old Convent of San Francisco. Town Hall building, located a little further north of the Main Church of Velas, is an example of Azorean Baroque architecture, dating back to the 18th century. In terms of regional architecture, we must mention some two-storey urban houses of the 20’s and the 30’s of the 20th century, located in the main streets of the old urban quarter with its Late-Romanic and Art Nouveau façades. Pure nature is sovereign beyond the town, either in Sete Fontes Forest Park, a place of leisure and relaxation surrounded by green landscape, or in the high Pico da Esperança, rising above thousand meters. From this spot you can contemplate the beauty of island’s “fajãs”, such as Fajã do Ouvidor, where you will find a modern port and quite appreciated natural pools. Despite the great beauty of the municipality stretching to the rest of the island, its main ambassador is probably São Jorge Cheese, a famous product which is still produced nowadays according to century-old traditional methods.

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