In the parish of Rosário, the Environmental Education and Training Centre of Lagoa (CEFAL) is dedicated to environmental questions. Among several objectives, inaugurated on May 2nd, 2009, aims to promote individual and collective ecological awareness and stimulate and alert the people of Lagoa towards environmentally friendly behaviour. It is equally a goal of CEMAL to encourage a familt/school/community relationship contributing towards the valorisation and rentabilisation of natural resources. CEFAL includes a number of services that address modern society needs such as a Library, a Spare Time Activities Centre (CATL), a Computing Centre anda n Activities Room. Through these, it offers its users and its community a wide scope of educational activities never forgetting the environmental concerns that characterise and distinguish it.
Called the Port of Lagoa, also known as Porto dos Carneiros, i tis situated in the parish of Rosário and is an ex-libris of Lagoa. The Porto dos Carneiros hás connections by sea with other ports of São Miguel, namelly those of Ponta Delgada and Vila Franca do Campo. The Porto dos Carneiros hás shallow waters and a dock designed to protect the boats from the prevailing winds. It was first built back in the XV Century and i tis one of the oldest in the island. According to historical data, the Lagoa Town Fort already existed in the XV Century and was built to protect the shps movements to and from the port from frequent pirate attacks. Historical data also refers that the name is due to it havind been the locality where Prince Henry, the Navigator, ordered the landing of livestock befor the colonisation of São Miguel. In truth, Porto dos Carneiros was, after Povoação, the second place to be settled on the island after its discovery.
The Nossa Senhora do Rosário Church is a XVIIIth Century temple situated, as the name implies, in the parish of Rosário. The church was first built over a XVIth Century chappel. The present construction is a large building comprising three naves. The church hás an exquisite set of sculptures by Machado de Assis (XVIIIth Century). Worthy of mention is its German tube organ, one of the best in the Autonomous Region of the Azores. The stained glass windows, the size of the structure, the baptismal font and a vast collection of images, make this temple an unequalled construction in Lagoa, given tits richness. The main festivities of the parish are cellebrated on the first Sunday of July (Sagrado Coração de Jesus) and on the second Sunday of October, in honour of Our Lady of Rosário.
Situated in the parish of Santa Cruz, the Convento dos Franciscanos, commonly known as Convento dos Frades (Friars’ Convent), is undoubtedly one of the most emblematic monuments of Lagoa. Classified as being of “Public Interest”, the Convent hás an área of 1820 square metres and an open area of 1644 square metres. This building of great historical and patrimonial value is an example of barroque architecture and was built in the latter half of the XVIIIth Century. I tis, in fact, one of the most peculiar architectural constructions of Lagoa. The church, dedicated to Saint Anthony, has a fairly decorated barroque façade and its interior boasts the woodwork on the main altar anda n image of Nossa Senhora da Conceição. This iconic monument is covered in history. According to historical documents, the Convento dos Frades sheltered the Army of D. Pedro (XIXth Century). Later, at the end of the Great War, it housed some German prisoners. During the Second World War, the Convent was again the home of troops.
The Chã da Macela park is in the parish of Santa Cruz and it comprises a vast area with endemic species such as laurel, different varieties of heath and heather, Azores juniper and other species that were introduced such as Brazilian pine, Japanese cedar, other cedar trees, acacias and pines. It is also possible to observe in the park, besides the magnificent vegetation, several animals species. This park is a magnificent spot for those who enjoy being in touch with nature. It is ideal for picknicks, open air barbecues and moments of leisure. Macela offers its visitors a swing park and an improvised turf football pitch.
In Água de Pau, on the rua da Praça da República, the Mercearia Central, purchased by the Town Council, was renovated and turned into a museum while the ground floor the old grocery was maintained with the traditional taberna alongside. José Inácio Vieira Favela and Angelina da Conceição Reis, the old proprieters, made their home on the first floor. Most of the furniture and other elements were donated by the heirs of the old owners and the bedroom furniture, made by Elias da Conceição Reis (Angelina’s father who also did the woodwork on the altar of the Nossa Senhora do Monte Chappel) is worhty of note. In this way, the museum’s collection is distributed throughout the ground floor, in the grocery and the taberna, and, on the upper floor, in the living quarters, with its lounge, dining room and bedroom, connected by a corridor to the kitchen through which one reaches the small loft, used as a sleeping área, and the outside bathroom, next to the wood burning furnace’s chimeney. In the taberna, earthy meeting área, land and sea flavours are certainly combined, such as pork torresmos, pork steaks, the blood sausage morcela, liver steaks, crab, limpets, all washed down with Caloura’s fine wine.
Built in 1932 in Pico da Figueira in Água de Pau, the Monte Santo Chappel is enveloped in mysticism. It is said that, in the very place where the chappel now stands, little Maria Joana Tavares do Canto and her friend had visions of the Virgin who confided she would return. On July 5th, 1918, about twelve thousand people witnessed the miracle of the Virgin’s reappearence. Miss Maria Joana died after the miracle having foreseen the date of her own death. Maria Joana’s parents, as a sign of their faith, had the chappel built on the site. The hexagonal temple has a single altar with the image of our Lady of the Monte which they had made in Lisbon and is decorated with Maria Joana’s jewelry, namelly her three necklaces. The Ermida do Monte Santo shows reminiscences of the Gothic style and, in 1998, with the authorisation of the Bishop of the Azores, a Luminous Cross was constructed on the hill behind the Chappel by the Young Christ Catholic Association.
Founded on the early XVIth Century in the place of Caloura, also known as Vale dos Cabaços (Valley of Melons). This was probably the first nunnery of São Miguel island. The church is covered by a rare set of coloured tiles and the main altar boasts a goldplated woodwork alterpiece with peculiar moustached angels and valuable images. Curiously, it was the Caloura Convent that first received the image of Senhor Santo Cristo dos Milagres, offered by Pope Paul III. The Caloura Convent was inhabited by nuns up to 1541 when they were replaced by a male order due to the constant pirate attacks. The “Ecce Homo” image was taken by the nuns to the Esperança Convent in Ponta Delgada where it still remains. This Convent which embelishes the place of Caloura in Água de Pau hás some legends linked to it.
It is situated on the Canada do Castelo in the place of Caloura, São Miguel island. It has been constructed and integrated on land sectioned by loose stone walls which protected the vineyards in the past. It was created to display a private Art collection. With a roofed area of 220 square metres and surrounding gardens it permits multiple uses such as different exhibitions, lectures, seminars, performances, workshops, etc. The permanent exhibition undergoes alterations that allow all the collection and invited material to be seen. It hás information that may be consulted by the visitor about the artists represented and others in different media. In its photography section there are on show, among other Works, a set of diagrams taken in the early XXth Century. It has a book and cd shop, an internet centre and a tea room.
Classified as a Place of Importance to the Community (Natura Network), the Pisão Belveder eis an ex-libris of Lagoa. It affords a privileged view over Caloura offering a unique landscape. Vineyards among the black stone walls, the typical port under the protection of the tall cliffs of volcanic rock and the whitewashed Caloura Convent delight those who visit this spot. It is the ideal place to take the Picture postcard of Caloura.
Built and inaugurated in 1983 the Agricultural Museum and Ethnographical Farm is located in Ribeira Chã and is one of the most emblematic spots in this small parish. From 1992 this Museum has undergone various alterations and its collection grown considerably. The pieces associated with the Pastel industry which was one of Azores’ main sources of wealth during the XVIth and XVIIth Century, are of particular interest. It was grown here on a large scale and the powder that was produced was exported to Holland and England. In the Ethnographical Farm there are traditional arts and crafts shops namelly, a taberna, cobbler’s shop, grocer’s, barber shop, farming implements and a stand with antiqúe toys. The Wine Museum is also closeby and hás a collection of wining artefacts. The third “museum” of the group is the “Casa dos Presépios” (House of Nativity Representations) many of locally made nativity scenes using different materials can be seen.
The House of Memories is located in the Franciscan convent, ex-libris of Lagoa. This small museum depicts the history of the Franciscan Convent, chronicling the evolution of this convent to the present day and while recalling the presence of its inhabitants, the Third Order of St. Anthony Convent, established by Franciscan friars. Recalling a past affection to the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries the core depicts the presence of the Franciscans in the Lagoa and trails of memory they have left us up to today, telling a bit about your daily life through images, pictures and film. The visitor can also discover the memories of an old tunnel that goes through the old cellar of the convent.

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