Praia da Vitória

Praia da Vitória is a young city with an ex­tensive sheltered dune that incorporates one of the most inviting beaches of the Azores. The richness of its’ architectonic patrimony is con­centrated in the churches and chapels however some other buildings are also very worthy of mention including:

  • The “Matriz” Church, founded by the first do­nee of the island, Jácome de Bruges, during the 15th century. The main portico of the “Ig­reja da Matriz”- Santa Cruz Church dates to the 16th century, with the first arched vault in the form of a braided chain. The religious statues are from the 16th and 17th century and include a rare sculpture in ivory. A rare and precious image of the baby Jesus in alabastre is also kept in the vestry. 
  • The Senhor Santo Cristo Church, a construc­tion which dates to the 16th century, is a less ornate example of a church from that period. Next to the church is the Museum. 
  • The “Paços do Concelho” (City Hall) is an in­teresting building with a bell tower and the “Fort de Santa Catarina” (St. Catherine’s Fort) is one of the many structures built to de­fend the bay. 

The Riviera viewpoint at the tip of “Cabo” of­fers an excellent view overlooking the city and the coast.