Ponta Delgada, a Portrait in Black and White

Ponta Delgada, a Portrait in Black and White
Architecture is the most striking aspect of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Azores archipelago. Simple whitewashed buildings striped with black basalt stand out against a backdrop of green vegetation beyond the town. This architecture originated from Portugal of which the islands are an autonomous region. Each island has developed its own variations. São Miguel developed a window–door–window-style with simple decorations around these openings. White and black basalt was always used for important buildings and there are many in Ponta Delgada.

Originally a simple fishing village Ponta Delgada was destined to become the capital of São Miguel the main island in the Azores archipelago. When the islands were discovered and settled in the fifteenth century due to its strategic position Vila Franca do Campoquickly developed as the most important harbour and became the first capital of São Miguel. However, in 1522 Vila Franca suffered almost complete ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Ponta Delgada, a Portrait in Black and White
Guide Location: Portugal » Ponta Delgada
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: São Brás Fort   Military Museum of the Azores   Igreja São José   Portas da Cidade   Igreja de São Sebastião   Paço do Concelho   Igreja de São Pedro   Chapel of Sant’Ana   Igreja do Colégio dos Jesuítas   Museu Açoreano  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: http://experiencedtraveller.co.uk/blog/post/2017-07-16-ponta-delgada-a-portrait-in-black-and-white-with-splashes-of-colour